“This is an email I just don't know how to write. How does one tell hundreds of friends and family that this world has lost a light as bright as Flancia? 

This afternoon, surrounded by those she loved, Flancia passed into eternity. I believe she was carried there by the prayers of our supporters and family. The love that poured out from this community over the last 12 hours was palpable, and we know that God in his unexplainable grace allowed Flancia to feel your love as she was ushered into the arms of our Heavenly Father.

All who knew Flancia were blessed by her sweet and gentle presence. Her dedication to whatever God had placed in front of her was inspiring, whether that was her computer classes this past summer or the constant song that will forever echo throughout the orphanage. Her faith and devotion to God were unassailable and provided her an anchor through the many challenges of her life. 

Her life was a testimony to the love of our Heavenly Father.

The exact cause of her passing is not clear and may never be. As soon as serious symptoms presented themselves, our staff rushed her to one of the best medical centers in Haiti. As we considered options to get her to even better care out of country, the Lord saw fit to take her into His own care. In the space of only a few hours, our Flancia went from a young woman full of life and dreams, to a casualty of a fallen world. 

In the words of the Apostle Paul in 1st Corinthians 15:19, if we had hope in this life only, we would be of all men most miserable. Our hope is not, and has never been, in this life only. We rest in the assurance of God’s Word and in the knowledge that of all the men who have ever claimed to offer life eternal, only one left behind an empty tomb to prove His power. We know that Flancia held onto that same hope. Therefore we rest in the truth that one day we too will join her in heaven and hear her sweet voice sing once again.

Please pray that God would strengthen our staff and console the children at the orphanage as we navigate this tragic situation.

Thank you for your support, prayers and love.”

-GVCM, February 28, 2019