In honor of a beloved sister!

By Kyle Bartholomew.

“Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

In our world today, death is a subject that most would rather not discuss. It is certainly not something that we as human beings look forward to. However the Bible teaches that for Christians it should not be feared. This scripture was written to assure us that just as Christ was raised from the dead, so will all of those who have died as faithful Christians, be raised to a new life with Christ!

On February 4th, 2007, our dear sister (in Christ) Kazue fell asleep in the Lord. Kazue was a woman who had just recently come to know Jesus as her Lord and Savior.

A little more than a month ago she studied the Bible on her death bed with a member of the Hilo Church and her daughter Sandy, a disciple from the Auckland Church of Christ. When Kazue heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ presented to her, she wept with tears of joy.

She was challenged to believe in the one and true God (she had been a Buddhist for 50 years), repent of her sins, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of her sins. After a night of confession and prayer, Kazue was baptized into Jesus Christ, December 30, 2007. All who were present at her baptism believed with all their hearts that they had witnessed a miracle that only God could perform. A soul saved!

The brothers and sisters from the Hilo Church of Christ give our sympathies to Kazue’s family because we know the separation of a loved one is hard. However, we are overjoyed to know that our beloved sister will rise again one day to spend eternity with her loving Father in Heaven. We look forward to that one day that we may be re-united with our sister Kazue to worship our God.

Hilo Church, let us continue to work and labor in the Lord to win as many souls as possible, that will join us on that great and glorious day. To God we give all glory and praise.