Updated to let you know what details we've been able to learn. The entire family was together in British Columbia. The accident was fairly minor; one of the children was slightly injured. We don't know the exact nature/cause of the accident. Arrangements are being made for Mrs. Smith's body to be transported back to Kansas, where she is from originally. Please continue to pray for the entire family as we enter the holiday weekend.
It's late, and it's been a full day of driving to visit my blogging buddy Tammy, but I want to let you know of a family's tragedy so that you can be praying for them this weekend.
Evangelist and Mrs. Bill Smith and their family of six children (at the time - number 7 was on the way) were with us just over a year ago. They spent a Sunday morning at our church, then that afternoon had dinner with us. We fellowshipped for quite a while that day, till they had to leave for their next meeting that night. Later that week, Beth got to go and play some with their daughters and some other girls at the RV park where they had parked their camper for the 3 weeks they would be here. Our hearts were knit with theirs that week. Beth has kept in touch with their oldest daughter, seeing her at various youth conferences and outings when the Smiths were in the area.
Yesterday, the family was involved in a car accident, and Mrs. Smith was killed. We don't know any details of what happened exactly or even where they were at the time. This has touched us deeply. Our hearts ache for Bro. Smith and his children. Please keep this family in your prayers this weekend. I know they would appreciate it deeply.