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Tribute to Oma


We just returned home from “Oma’s” (That’s “grandma” in German) funeral. A stroke two weeks ago took her into the hospital, which she had hardly ever visited. She was always very strong, physically. She has had an incredible will to succeed no matter what. But most importantly, she loves God with all her heart. At age 23 she committed her life to serve God and has never, ever wavered.

Emilie Kurrle, turned 100 last May. Her three daughters, two sons, 27 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren, celebrated her life with music, good food, and wonderful memories of the early days and prayer.

Ten of her children/grandchildren are pastors, missionaries, or Christian writers and with only the exception of 2 or 3, all are Christians. We are all sad she has left this earth, but we all understand that it’s time to let her go home

As I (Norberto) reflect on my grandmother’s life, I realize how important it is to live life with purpose, committed to the deepest convictions. I ask myself at this juncture in my life: What will my children say when I leave this earth?

Paul, even at the dawn of his ministry, clearly understood that life is a long race and would need to persevere if he was to arrive at the finish line. It’s sad to observe, how people in various stages of their later years lose their sense of direction. Somehow they put aside their compass and travel with the wind.

My prayer and desire is to stay faithful. I believe that faithfulness will be the best legacy you and I can leave our children. Good bye Oma, thank you for your legacy.

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