|With our friends the day Opio died.|
|Opio was part of the Freedom in Christ choir all last year. We found it very meaningful that the choir put Opio's FIC shirt on his coffin and buried him with the shirt. So thankful FIC meant so much to Opio and he lived by it's truth.|
|The FIC choir sang.|
The youth also sang "Bye, Bye Opio Bye, Bye". Wow was that a hard one.
|Josh preached at the burial and did a wonderful job sharing Opio's testimony and challenging others to also come to Christ and live for Him.|
|People here put "flowers" on the coffin. (Ribbon bouquets) The FIC teams gave flowers too.|
|The final goodbye by the grave.|
|It is so hard to loose someone you love. We keep seeing Opio's smiling face in our minds and thinking about all the good memories together. Opio quietly and faithfully served the Lord. Lydia is having a hard time. This is the first death of a friend.|
|A few days after the burial we went to greet his father and see the grave. Luka and Emalai did not go to the burial so it was good for them to see and grieve.|
I was so thankful for our church service Sunday. Our church is our family and I am thankful Sunday everyone shared testimonies, talked and cried about Opio's death. It is real and we are free to be real. Someone testified that people saw our church come together and show a great love at the burial. It sounded like this community was effected by Opio's testimony and the love of his church. I praise God for that! Despite our sadness and tears, our church praised God Sunday in worship and it was such a blessing. Josh preached another moving sermon on "Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted" timely message. We have comfort because we have hope knowing Opio is with the Lord and will raise again. We are also blessed when we mourn for our sins which leads to repentance. Then God will comfort us. People received God's Word and responded, many with mourning. I know God is at work in our church and in us.
Thank you for praying for us.