Saturday, September 02, 2006

The Passing of a Friend

Deacon Reeves has died.

We are currently still in Mali, and have been away from internet access for five days. Upon returning to Bamako, we received an email from Pastor Sam Reeves that his father, our next door neighbor, our oldest and dearest friend in Liberia, died from complications related to his diabetes on Tuesday, August 29. His funeral will be next week Saturday.

Deacon Reeves had been quite sick for several months, and even though he was receiving good medical care, the diabetes was very aggressive and because of his small frame he experienced wild fluctuations in blood sugar levels. He continually battled serious infections, another diabetes-related complication. Apparently the infections spread to internal organs, causing his death. Although in a good deal of pain these past few weeks, he remained dignified, polite and warm.

Our lives here will not be the same without him, but we trust we will see him again.