With tears streaming I write this. Friday night our couples class at church had a progressive dinner party. When we got to the church to meet we realized we were taking the bus. "Should we drive the van babe in case Reece needs us?" my husband answered, "If you want to." "Nah. I guess not.."
We all loaded the bus. Went to the first house and I tried to eat a salad, but with my tooth I didn't eat much. I chatted about how nervous I was to get my tooth pulled Saturday. We all gathered on the bus after the first stop and headed to the next. Some of our friends were late so they met us at the first house. Then they all decided to car pool in my friends Honda. There was 5 of them. Karen's husband Enrique insisted Claudia sit in the front since she was 28 weeks pregnant. So Steven, Claudia's husband, Oliver (who's wife was home sick) and Enrique all sat in the back seat.
Supposedly the guys were distracted by a frog. They caught the frog, therefore they were a minuet behind the bus. As they drove and crossed through a green light, an SUV ran a red light going very fast and T-Boned Karen's Honda. The honda flipped a couple times and landed upside down in a small ditch. I'm told Karen was able to get free from the car but no one else could. Enrique was unresponsive right away.
They all suffered serious injuries except for Karen. They were all rush to the hospital right away.
Enrique suffered the worst of the injuries. The doctors were not hopeful that he would make it. He needed several surgeries, and had sever injuries. We all gathered at the hospital and prayed over the weekend. Many people from our church were there. Bro. Ruhl and his wife were there the majority of the time.
The doctors were always careful not to give much hope to Karen, but we did see some specific prayers answered. We all really thought he was going to make it.
Karen asked our Sunday School teacher Bro. Ruhl, "Tell all the wives to hug their husbands". And last night I brought Karen some food and she told me, "I just wish he would open his eyes. I want to see his eyes."
This morning I received a call, that Enrique had gone home to be with Jesus. We were all very shocked and are broken hearted. We really thought the Lord was answering our prayers. We know He had a different plan. And it doesn't make sense to us, but we can Trust Him. Prov 3:5
Please pray for his sweet wife Karen, that God would shower His grace and peace upon her.
Claudia had the baby early Sat morning. Baby Jackie is in NICU and doing well. Oliver, Steven and Claudia all had sever injuries and have a very long road ahead. Injuries included, crushed ribs, broken jaw, lacerated organs, several broken bones, ect.
I am trying to not be too specific since this is all new information for a lot of people and I certainly don't want any family to find out via the internet about anything. It is certainly not my place to paint the picture of the evening, but I do ask for people to be praying for all our friends in the hospital, the baby, and especially for Karen.
I know many of you are already praying and have asked for updates, and rather than tell separate people several times I wanted to write it once.
I am so very thankful that HEAVEN IS REAL. Enrique is with our Savior. If you were in a terrible accident, would you wake up in heaven? The bible says God wants you to be sure. "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." 1 John 5:13