Monday, April 8, 2013

Ryan Scott Prudhomme, Feb. 21, 1986 - Apr. 8, 2013

At 12:01 a.m. this morning, I had the incredible honor of holding my best friend's hand as he slipped from his earthly home into the waiting arms of Jesus. While this tremendous loss brings our hearts wrenching pain, we also are buoyed by God's grace and His truth, and the assurance that our dear Ryan had of heaven.

It was an immense privilege to walk this journey alongside my husband and my hero. He has taught me so much about courage, faith, perseverance, love, hope, and contentment and I am deeply thankful to God for granting me the years that I had with him. So, so thankful.

I am also grateful for your continuous prayers and still covet them for our family, especially for Ryan's beloved son, Colton. We have a long road ahead of us, but we will walk that road with the unshakable hope and peace of Christ.

Well done, good and faithful servant.


"No guilt in life,
No fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me.
From life's first cry
To final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny."



As details about services become finalized, we will release details later today or tomorrow.

146 comments:

Lorraine said...

Please accept my condolences for the loss of your husband and best friend. I will be praying for you and your son as you grieve. May God send the comforter to you. Praying for strength, continued deepening of your faith and for the assurance that he is in God's arms waiting to see you and his loved ones again. Hugs to you!

Cheryl said...

I am so incredibly sad to read this, but rejoice that Ryan is face-to-face with his Savior. I will certainly be praying for all of you in these coming days.

Anonymous said...

To say my heart is broken for you and your family and shock is ever present would be an understatement. I'm so, so sorry! What a man of God is he. As scripture says Ryan is "better by far." We hurt and grieve with you Kendra.
Our Deep and Loving Sympathy,
Pastor Doug and Donna Fagerstrom

Burtonbunch said...

My heart breaks for you! So thankful that Ryan is now walking freely with Jesus, yet know this is such a tough time. You will continue in my daily prayers!
Hebrews 11:1. "Now Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Thank you, Jesus!

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear this lifting your family up in prayer during thisdifficult time

Anonymous said...

May Jesus comfort you and the family in a way none of us can comprehend. But Jesus hears the groans of our heart. You and your family are in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

So so sorry.. prayers and hugs!

Gabriele Holler said...

I am so sorry for your loss ,may god be with you and your family in this time of pain and always.

Gabi

Christi Marsh said...

The Marsh family has you in our prayers.

Anita Anderson said...

Prayers for peace and comfort.

Luke Wilson said...

"In Christ Alone!" Thank you Kendra and Ryan!

stillnotperfect said...

Oh Kendra, even though you knew this was coming it does not take away from how devastating of a loss this is for you and Colton. I am heartbroken for the loss of your husband and Colton's father. I pray you are comforted in a new way by our precious Savior and that you have many hands to hold as you go through this trial.

Anonymous said...

Ryan has fought the good fight, he has run the good race and he has kept the faith. God watch over you Kendra and Colton as you grieve over your beloved.

Anonymous said...

The Redeemer's Fellowship in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, was praying for you yesterday morning. We were praying Ryan home. You will continue to be in our prayers (via the Dananays). Nancy Merrey

Joseph Preston said...

It was a privilege to meet and learn from this man of God at the CCCA Allegheny Sectional in February. Our prayers go up for your family. Habakkuk 3:18-19 "Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights."

Anonymous said...

Kendra, I don't have the privilege of knowing you and your family personally, but I have been deeply touched, convicted and inspired through your blog posts during the past year. I have been greatly blessed and challenged by your family's choice to focus on God and find joy in even the most difficult of circumstances.

I am praying that the God of all comfort will surround you and completely fill you with His Presence as you walk this road in the days, months and years ahead, and may He continue to be your all-in-all. You are loved!

Laurie Hundt said...

I am so sorry Kendra. I will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

Ryan now has been completely healed!
We will trust God with you for the future!

Annetta said...

At a time like this, words fail us. I am so very sorry for your loss, and I know the ache of losing a spouse at a young age. Part of you goes with him as he leaves.
Ryan left you with a love so huge that it will never leave you. His faith will carry you through when your own may seem to fail you. It is said that God is love, and love is what is left. God.
Take good care of yourself these next days, weeks and months. Its easy to get distracted, to not notice a red light, to be lost in thought. Grief is hard work. Hang on to Jesus hand and walk safely.

Love from Minneapolis, Mn

Debbie Wenger said...

You do not know me. We have never met, but I have been praying for you...and now am grieving for you. "In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit." Your Father has been--and will continue to be, far far beyond what you imagine--glorified through you. Praying for God's abundant blessing on you!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry I don't have the privilege of knowing you and your family. Your posts touched me deeply. I am so very sorry for your great loss. You and your family will forever be in my thought and prayers.

Francine Busch said...

He is now safely home. Heaven is rejoicing to welcome him. What a privilege to have known Ryan, and a continued privilege to love and support you and Colton, Kendra. You are loved. Deut. 33:27 is for you and yours today.

Anonymous said...

I woke this morning with thoughts of you and Ryan and the Road to Emmaus in my Spirit. The words, "Didn't our hearts burn within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the scriptures to us?" in my spirit. Then I opened my computer and saw this blog and began to mourn... Here's a part of that chapter in Luke 24

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

That is my prayer for you today and in the days to come. We weep with you, and share the hope of His coming again. Love, Jaye

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and all the family and friends who are grieving.

When I've lost a loved one, I've found my greatest relief in imagining the look on my loved one's face at the moment they see Jesus for the very first time.

Imagine the look on Ryan's face, the moment he first saw Jesus!

It makes me smile, in spite of the loss.

Jenn Gunter said...

We are so very sorry for your loss. Yet, even in your pain you are comforting others and sharing a great testimony. Thank you for your faithfulness...what a legacy to pass along to future generations. Will be praying that God is your Jehovah-Shammah (He is near!)

Anonymous said...

I'm also a follower of Jesus Christ, and my husband has Cholangiocarcinoma. (that's how the Lord initially caused me to find your blog.) Ryan is my hero, too! God bless you, and comfort your broken hearts.

Jen said...

You don't know me, but I have been following your story... my heart breaks for your family. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I pray that you and your son find strength in Jesus and have comfort in knowing this life is temporary for all of us. My God bless you.

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Jessica Lee said...

Praying for you and your family during this time of mixed emotions and heartache.

Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter,
you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
you will again bring me up.
You will increase my honor
and comfort me once more.
Psalm 71: 20-21

Kendra God says he "will" bring you up again.. he "will" comfort you....not "might". Thank God for His faithful promises! And thank you for allowing the world to follow your family through this faithful journey and display God's power even in the toughest of times. Faithfully praying for you & your son.

Steph said...

Kendra - your and Ryan's story is an inspiration to so many people. I know your strength and bravery comes from the Lord and your life is such a beautiful testiment to that. We are still praying for you and Colton and all of Ryan's family and close friends. This earth has lost such a beautiful and amazing person but I'm sure his story will go on to touch so many lives. You are a true inspiration.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss, I read your story yesterday and was moved to tears. Your family has and will continue to touch so many lives through this journey and into the next. There are no words that will make it easier but know that when our loved ones arms can't reach us...God's always can. May you and your son feel Ryan's love from Heaven through the warmth of the sunshine, hear his voice on the breeze,and know he's watching over you with his megawatt smile.

Anonymous said...

Our hearts are broken for you as you endure this loss. Please reach out to the Body of Christ as you go through this next phase.

We will continue to be in prayer for you.

Anonymous said...

Our prayers continue, with heartfelt condolences.

Jack and Julie Schugars said...

We serve a risen Savior who conquered death. Ryan enjoys that glory today, while we share earthly sorrow. Praying for comfort in the days ahead for all of you.

Carol Ropp said...

You don't know me but I,too, have followed your story and have been praying for your family. I pray that God's peace will surround you now and in the weeks that come.

Carol Ropp said...

You don't know me but I,too, have followed your story and have been praying for your family. I pray that God's peace will surround you now and in the weeks that come.

Rachel Heyboer said...

My heart breaks for all of you Ryan has left behind, but rejoices for Ryan as he is dancing with Jesus today. May you feel the love and support from so many near and far. You will continue to be in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

Tears of sadness for you Kendra but tears of joy for Ryan that he gets to be home with Jesus. Such a strong faith that we are all blessed to have been able to be a part of through your blogging. Learned of your journey through Monica when she asked for prayers for all of you. Thank you for letting us into your lives and you will always be in out prayers. May you find peace in your broken heart. May God Bless.. Kathie D

Anonymous said...

I've never met any of you...but each of you are so inspiring to me! I'm so sorry to see this update. I wish I could show you what a blessing you and Ryan are...even to a total stranger. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you and Colton today and always. Thank you for opening up to us all. You and your family will continue to be in my prayers!
"for I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord..."

Janine said...

Thank you for sharing your journey with everyone. You have been a bright light in this world of pain we now live in. How I look forward to our real home when God wills our Saviour's return.
You, too have fought the good fight, Kendra. And yes, God will buoy you up in the days/years ahead. But please do allow yourself the luxury of crying in your pain. God will collect those tears and cry with you. I don't even know you, but love you.
Janine Eitniear from New Era

Anonymous said...

We do not grieve as those who have no hope, but we still grieve. We are praying for you regarding your loss, but rejoicing for Ryan's gain!

Dave & Jenny Green
Northern Grace Youth Camp

pprlisa said...

I know you do not know me but I knew the Prudhommes long ago when the boys were only little guys - I've been following this through chad's posts and I am so saddened for you. I have no words to help, except to say I am so sorry for you & your family.

--Lisa (Allen) Dilg

Nan Kubicek said...

I can't seem to put into words what is in my heart. The pain of this loss is surely crushing, but I hope that you are buoyed by the knowledge that Ryan is no longer in pain and is in God's loving arms.

Your love for each other and Colton has been evident through this entire journey and I am thankful for being witness to that.

Continued love, prayers and cyber-hugs to you and your family, Kendra!

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to you and Colton right now. I was shocked to read that Ryan had passed this morning. I pray that you and Colton will find peace and comfort in Christ during this grieving time. I know his body is totally healed and that he is seeing his savior. I was blessed to be able to hear him speak about the journey you all were on during the 3 CA conference in February. I will be praying for you and Colton.

- Student at Miracle Mountain Ranch.

Pam Halvorsen said...

My deepest sympathies to you and Colton,! May the Father of all compassions hold you close to His heart!

Whitney said...

So sad to hear this. I only met Ryan once when he came out to Wyoming last summer to go on a pack trip with Chad and Ken Smith. The smile on his face after that trip will always stick with me. He was so strong and from that one meeting with him I felt like I had known him forever. My heart goes out to his family and my prayers.
-Whitney

Robert Spears said...

My heartfelt condolences are with you, Colton, and your entire family. May God's and Ryan's grace and strength carry you through the coming weeks always knowing that they ever present and always with you in spirit.

Mitchell said...

Sadness, Joy for Ryan, Prayers for your family.

Shannon

Kathy Richards said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss, but I am positive that he is not in pain anymore or feeling ill. Sending prayers for you and your family during this trying time.

I have been touched deeply by your families faith in this time in our world where it is sorely lacking. Thank you for sharing your journey and your faith with us.

Anonymous said...

I have no words that would be adequate...praying.
Praying, with tears streaming - praying...

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your testimony. I have been deeply touched and encouraged. Our God is faithful and will take care of you and yours. Praying for you and your family. Love and prayers from MI. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful servants." Psalm 116:15 NIV

slstevener said...

Praying for you and your family.

Steve Lossing said...

Kendra,
We have never personally met but I have followed your journey since your first post and my heart has been deeply moved. My prayer walks have been increasing filled with thoughts of you and Ryan and Colton. This week particularly, you have been so heavy on my heart. This morning I Cor. 1 was open on my desk. It seemed somehow a testimony of your journey. 'I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall also confirm you to the end, blameless...' You and Ryan have been such a testimony to Jesus. Thank you. My heart is broken for the loss of your friend and lover.

Steve Lossing

Niki said...

I don't have the privilege of knowing you personally, but your family has been in our prayers for months. You and Colton will continue to be in our prayers as you walk this road. May comfort, peace, and God's presence surround all of you.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Kendra, I am so sorry that you have to go through this! What a blessing though that Ryan is now in heaven with God and will be awaiting your presence there someday! My prayers continue for your family. May God wrap His arms around you so that you may have comfort during this time.

Anonymous said...

Kendra you are such a strong lady, my heart and prayers go out to u and Colton and your family's. Ryan is in gods arms pain and cancer free now... I know u will continue to be strong for your son.. GOD BLESS YOU, COLTON AND RYAN...

RangeRider said...

Kendra, Colton and the Prudhomme family, I mourn for your loss of a husband, father, brother and son, but I rejoice in the endless hope we have in the resurrection. It is the hope that Ryan has been and will continue to possess, but now in the very presence of His Lord. He is absent from us which gives us great pain but present with the Lord.
May the Lord grant you a greater measure of His Peace, Joy and Love in this time of both sorrow and joy.
Art Hyde

KurtzCrafts said...

We don't know each other, but I am sending my love and prayers for strength, understanding, and hope to you and your family. May God bless you abundantly!

Mark said...

Kendra,
My prayers for comfort and strength are with you. Thank you for showing so many of us what trusting God looks like. I'm sure this isn't the burden you might have choosen, but you both have carried it well. There will be many rejoycing one day with you and Ryan, becuase of the path you and Ryan led straight to our God.
Peace be with you and Colton,
Mark Salik

The Randall family in Muskegon said...

Thank you for sharing your story with us these last 2 years. It has been such an inspiration to anyone who read this. Our thoughts and prayers with you, Colton and Ryan's family during this difficult time. May the God of peace and comfort sustain you in the days and weeks ahead.
The Warren Randall Family - Muskegon

Anonymous said...

I have never met your family but I have been following your story. I can relate to this hard path of a family members sickness and death and it was this verse that helped me through the hardest times.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

Will be praying for your family!

Brad Henderson said...

Kendra, Colton and Prudhomme Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you in a special way today as they have been for the last 20 months!
We are with you as you experience a tremendous sense of loss that words aren't fit to address.
May the presence of the risen Christ be more real in your lives today than ever before.
To Ryan we say "well done good and faithful servant!"
2 Timothy 4:6-8
Love, Brad Henderson and all your friends in Pittsburgh

Ginger Mae said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

John Waldo said...

Kendra, Colton, Steve, Cathey, Jeremy, and Corey - praying with you throughout these days has been a privilege, and one that will continue. I hurt with you for your loss and rejoice with you in the hope in Jesus we share.

Anonymous said...

Prayers from Pentwater.

Stacey Riker said...

this is very sad news. My heart goes out to you, colton, and the family at this time of lose. I'm so sorry.

Anonymous said...

I have followed your journey through a mutual friend. Even though I don't personally know you, and didn't have the extreme privilege of knowing Ryan, my eyes are filled with tears with this, the notification of his final journey. Yes, he is at peace and is with our Lord, but, still, there is tremendous sadness throughout the earthly community. My prayers to you and little Colton. Your strong faith will carry you through but don't be afraid to mourn. God bless you.

Sandra Freiberg said...

Kendra and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Although I didn't know Ryan I had the honor of attending your wedding and hearing the beautiful speech he made at your reception. I knew your husband was a wonderful man in so many ways. Kendra, my heart breaks for you all but Thank God for our Heavenly Father who will be with you every step of the way. God Bless you and your family, Sandy Freiberg and family

Anonymous said...

Kendra, Colton and family! My prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your husband and best friend, your father, son, etc. I pray that God will carry you through this time and will comfort you, knowing that he is with his Heavenly Father, totally healed and waiting for you when you are able to be together again!

Anonymous said...

Dear Kendra, Colton, and family:
I met you and Ryan when you came to our church but had been praying long before. I cannot express how much of an impact you made on my life, you both radiated the Spirit's touch. My heart breaks for you and the family, I know you will miss the physical presence of Ryan but his love remains in your memories and above all in the piece of Ryan and you together, your son Colton. I can visualize Ryan's face as he received his reward and was taken home. I pray I am as gracious as he was when I go home. I am going to keep you and your family in my prayers? With much love and caring.

Julie Quinn said...

My thoughts and prayers to you and Colton...

Megan LaNore said...

Kendra such strength and courage, I am amazed. Your positive attitude is a huge reassurance of our God and His promises. I pray for the times when your faith is tested that you will be surrounded by those who love you and encourage you but also listen to your heart. Thank you for being such a testimony to the world for God’s kingdom. As a nurse this is especially touching for me that your family has been such an awesome example to so many in the medical field.
Colton, know your daddy did not want to leave you. I’m sorry sweetie but he did not have a choice. Jesus wanted your daddy home in Heaven, and since your daddy was so sick it is a good thing, even though it probably doesn’t feel good. Colton you are such a big boy for growing through all of these difficulties. Death is not something to be scared of, it happens to everyone, we cannot stop it but we as Christians have faith and promise of continued life after death in Heaven with Jesus. Hug your mommy tight, and you both will get through life together.
Many are praying for your family.

Anonymous said...

Although I didn't know you personally. I knew Ryan and he was a great man. You're in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Thankful that God healed Ryan's body but sorrowful that it was not the way we would have chosen. Thank you for the witness your family has been in the last 2 years especially.

Crystal Kitten said...

Kendra,

I'm so sorry, friend. I've been praying for your family from Texas for the past few weeks. Sending my love.

All the best,
Crystal (Richards) Kitten

HerChosenMom said...

Even after 2 years of struggle, there is no way to truly "prepare" for such a loss. My heart aches with you and I storm the gates of heaven with prayers for you and Colton.
Love, Kara

Mom M said...
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Pepper said...

" If You Could See Me Now "
by Don Moen

Our prayers have all been anwered
I finally arrived
The healing that had been delayed
Has now been realized
No one's in a hurry
There's no schedule to keep
We're all enjoying Jesus
Just sitting at His feet

Is you could see me now
I'm walking streets of gold
If you could see me now
I'm standing tall and whole
If you could see me now
You'd know I've seen His face
If you could see me now
You'd know the pain is erased
You wouldn't want me
To ever leave this place
If you could see me now

My light and temporary trials
Have worked out for my good
To know it brought Him glory
When I misunderstood
Though we've had our sorrows
They can never compare
To what Jesus has in store for us
No language can share

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss.

Sue Borst said...

Your family has been and will continue to be in our prayers. May God wrap His loving arms around you and your family in the coming days and weeks

Montgomery Seaman said...

I heard Ryan speak at a camp conference just a couple weeks ago. Ryan's testimony was sobering, he truly exemplified what it meant to be a man of God. His life has inspired and challenged me to never forsake the calling that Jesus has for me! Thank you Ryan for your life, and for the eternal impact you made here on earth. We will see you later on!

God Bless, Monty

Sunner said...

What a tremendous strength you have to share your loss with us. I'm so very sorry for your loss and pray for continued strength for all of those around you. Ryan's faith was amazing & he touched so many people. May God's love comfort you in this difficult time. K. Lucius

Anonymous said...

Kendra, I'm praying for you and your precious son as you weather this in God's grace.

Jenelle Leanne said...

So, so sorry for your loss. Words are just not enough. Have been following your story through Hannah and Tim and my heart is absolutely breaking for you today.

So thankful that this is NOT the end, but just a temporary parting of ways. But, oh, it is hard to be the ones left behind.

Love and prayers,
Jenelle

Marcia Eyestone said...

I feel so privileged to have been able to hear Ryan speak when you were at River of Life in Twin Lake. His testimony truly touched my heart! Will content inure to keep you and Colton in prayer. May God continue to bless you now and in the future. . .

Helen and Dave Towne said...

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

KW said...

Kendra, Colton and Family,
We are grieving with tears of sadness and tears of gladness with the promises that we are given as Children of the Most High. We have been faithfully praying for Ryan, you, Colton and the family and will continue our prayers for days/years to come. May the Lord bless you today with His magnificent LOVE. May He give you strength, peace and comfort that only He can give. Thank you for sharing your lives with us and allowing us to experience your faith and love of Christ. It has given me a deeper faith. May God's words be healing for you today and all the days of your lives.
Isaiah 40:29-31
New International Version (NIV)
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Love and prayers,
Ken and Kim Wells

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss. Heaven's gain is sweet, but still, pain here is so real. You and your son will be in my prayers.

Del Merrill said...

Many prayers and lots of love sent to Kendra and Colton, This family will always hold a special place in my heart. They are such a beautiful couple and their faith in God and their love for him has helped me in my spiritual walk. May God bless this family with lots of love and comfort!

Anonymous said...

My husband died 5 years ago... when my son was 2 years old. Growing up without his dad has been at times an isolating experience for him. Please let him know that he is NOT alone, and that there is little boy out there named Caleb who understands what it's like.... even if nobody else really can.

ostembol said...

You and Ryan have been such an inspiration to so many people! May God continue to bless you and keep you strong. My condolences to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Ryan is such an amazing person. His character, integrity and unwavering faith is something we can all aspire to. Although he may not be here physically- The love he has for you and his family knows no boundaries. He is closer to you know then he ever has been before. He is you guardian angel looking down from heaven - just beaming with pride. Often we don't understand what God plans are. All things are for a reason- Thank you for sharing your life with us and making us see we can strive to be so much better then what we are. God bless you all and may peace be with you.

Anonymous said...

I know you don't know me, but you have been such a role model for me. Your passion and love of the Lord has rekindled my own relationship with Christ and seeing you fight the battle you have fought, and always coming out of it praising God, even now, has been truly inspiring! I went to Paradise Ranch for a few years and knew who you were and had the privilege of spending a couple weeks when Ryan was there. For a week as a ranch hand, I remember catching Ryan's horse Dodger and feeding him in the morning and when Ryan came to get him, he always had encouraging words and I really learned a lot from him.
It will be a rough road ahead, and from one child of Christ to another, it breaks my heart that you endured so much. I just lost my cousin when he was 25 years old as well as my grandma and grandpa in the span of a month, I can certainly empathize and will keep you and your family in my prayers. Stand strong in the Lord, he will show you the way.

Brenda H said...

Kendra and Colton, My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. You are in my prayers...God Bless

Cindy Downing said...

Kendra and Colton, Grace Adventures Family and Friends, we mourn with you. "Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For 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 word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until 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 one another with these words." I Thess 4:13-18

The Jarka's said...

Kendra, you, Colton and your extended family are in our prayers. It's been a long journey for all of you. We are very sadden to hear about Ryan. Our only comfort is he is with Jesus and has his perfect body.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. He is in a much better now. He is in Gods hands now. You are in my thoughts and prayers!


Love
Laura

Vicki Nasr said...

Kendra, when I met Ryan, he was teaching his horse to bow before the girl he was going to ask to marry him. Jeff and Jenni Hankins were getting married. We were up there for the wedding. I am Jeff's mom. Your story is touching and so hard to fathom. I have been praying since Jeff told us about Ryan. I won't stop praying for you and Colton. Your witness of the love of Christ and of a man and woman is inspiring. God has you and Colton in a safe place. Fear not, He will provide and sustain you in ways you never even imagined!

Jenna Winkler said...

Kendra,

I am so thankful to have met Ryan! Y'all's blog is an inspiration to me!

Your family has been in my prayers for a long time, and you will continue to be!

--Jenna

Arla Sessions/Battle Creek Central said...

Kendra,
My heart aches for you and Colton. I am so sorry for your loss. May God fill your heart with happy memories and may you both find your smiles again. So thankful he knew Jesus.

Anonymous said...

Kendra - We here in Orland Park are so sorry that Ryan's journey has come to an end here on earth. I know he is with the Lord up in heaven and will always look down upon you and your son. You faith through all of this is an inspiration to us all. May the good Lord be with you and guide you in the days to come.

-- Sue, Michelle and Gina Byczynski

Kaleigh kraykray said...

Our prayers r with u and here's what I have learned with deaths:
Those who we lost will never be forgotten and those who were ours will be missed but they will always love on in heaven and we only will know that they are in a better place where they are healed and are now with the Lord and Jesus so we will always remember Ryan whenever we look up since he is now up with our Savior looking down on us. Praying for you and your son I'm so sorry for our loss may he live forever

Tom Lucey said...

Ryan is a great man and a great friend. I have been blessed to know him and feel honored to be his friend. My sympathy and condolences to all of his family and friends.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and your family during this very difficult time. You are a true token of God's strength!

Anonymous said...

He was a truly remarkable young man. We could all learn from his example. My deepest sympathy to Ryan's wife Kendra and the family. I will continue to lift you all up in prayer. Kathy Campbell

Anonymous said...

We will be praying that God will comfort you and give you strength. Thank you for sharing your story. God Bless each of you.

The Reddings

Lena said...

Some of the fondest memories I have of my childhood were those spent at Grace Youth Camp and many included Ryan. He was a good guy. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

As I struggled to fall asleep, I have gotten in the habit to pray to our Lord when this happens to me. Last night I was praying as I heard our clock chime midnight. At that time, I was praying for you, Ryan and your family.
Thank you for sharing your life and story with us. I believe that one of God's blessings is that you are now with him and without pain.
Kendra and Colton, may God's blessings be with you during this difficult time. Thank you for sharing your beautiful letter to Ryan with us.

Anonymous said...

Kendra, I'm so sorry for your loss. You, Colton, and the rest of your family are in my thoughts.

Brittany Bogus

Anonymous said...

May God surround you all during this difficult time. May He give you comfort and strength.

Kathie said...

May the Lord be your strength and comfort, Kendra, in the days, months, and years ahead. Gene and I are praying for you, Colton, Steve, and Cathy, as you grieve the loss of your dear Ryan. "Absent from the body,,,present with the Lord". Praise God for the sure hope of eternal life!
Hugs to you all,
Gene and Kathie

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry. I pray that somehow you are able to find peace over the next weeks/months. After losing my mom in January, I often picture the "footprints" poem and imagine Jesus holding me in his arms and carrying me through the grief. Please remember that you do not have to be the rock of strength for everyone. It's okay to fall into pieces, because Jesus will put you back together even stronger than you started. I will continue to hold you and your family in my prayers. Mary (Pat Scribner's daughter)

Anonymous said...

So very sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

Aw. thinking. about.your family

Anonymous said...

My husband and I do not know you, but your story has touched us deeply. We are inspired by your faith and love for each other, and your ability to let God work through every circumstance. Rest assurred that He is using your story. Our thoughts are with you. (Relatives of Chad/Tricia)

Anonymous said...

Sending prayers of healing and strength. We are so heartbroken for your loss. We attended family camp at MMR and was very touched by Ryans words. God bless you
Karen H

Jen Rowe said...

Your faith during this time is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings, even though it is likely so much harder than what you can capture with words.

Forever His said...

Praying for a love and comfort beyond anything you have ever experienced! Praying for each and every one of you!

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

SVB said...

Oh Kendra - I was so sorry to hear of this today. I wish I had miraculous words of comfort, but instead I just sit here crying for your family. No one can relate to what you must be feeling, but even as I consider it, I'm filled with overwhelming sorrow. I pray that the Holy Spirit within you will comfort you and fill you with a peace that can only come from God. I pray in those times that you feel so alone, that God will remind you of the great reunion in Heaven which is to come. I pray that when you see glimpses of Ryan in Colton as he grows up, that joy overcomes the heartache. I could never relate to your situation, but even as I try to imagine, my heart hurts for you. May the God of all creation, Jesus our Lord and Savior, draw nearer to you than ever before. May you feel His presence and be comforted by His love.

Psalm 62:1-2
Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

May this passage be true for you. Your family is in our prayers and will be for years to come.

~ Sarah VB

Catholic Mom And Midwife said...

I am so sorry for the loss of you r dear husband. May the loving arms of God sustain you, and Eternal Memory and Blessed Repose for your husband.

jim said...

Kendra,

I have been so moved by your journey but have faith that God provided the map. Our family's prayers are with you and your family.

God Bless you.

Jim and Sherri Grady

Karen Webster said...

Kendra, I am sorry that Ryan has left this earth. He is at peace, but his family and friends mourn. You have such a great spirit and belief about you that there is no doubt in my mind that you will continue to love life and share that with your son. 12 1/2 years ago I lost my husband suddenly. He left behind a 6 yr. old son and a 4 yr. old daughter. My daughter (Katie)had the pleasure of having you as her Spanish 1 teacher at Montague a couple of years ago. If you ever need the perspective of someone who missed/misses their daddy, feel free to reach out to her. She'd be glad to help. Please know that your friends and family are willing to help with whatever you need, even if it seems too much or too silly to ask. God bless you and your family in the days to come. Your strength and faith shine through!

Andrea said...

Kendra, we don't know each other but I am praying for you and your little one. For all our time here on earth, God has a plan for each of us. He loves us, holds us, comforts us and he's doing that with Ryan in Heaven now. I know it is hard for us to understand without the one we love, but we will rejoice with him someday in the place God has set aside for us. I will be thinking of you, your son and family in the coming days. I am blessed to have been able to get to know you and your family through Ryan's story and am a better person to know God through you.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to heart about your loss today. Your loss is certainly heavens gain today! My heart aches with, but I am amazed at your faith and strength in the Lord. I will be lifting you and your little guy up in prayer. I will pray for "peace that passes all understanding". God is good all the time, and I am confident He will direct your path until you meet Ryan again!

Barbara Lockwood and Family said...

I was deeply saddened to learn that Ryan has left us. My heart breaks for you, Kendra. I knew Ryan through the time my granddaughters spent at Grace Adventures...he was such a wonderful young man with the warmest, most beautiful smile! I offer my deepest sympathy to Ryan's parents and family, also. May the peace of Jesus be with each of you today and always. We were all so blessed to have Ryan in our lives...

Christopher Boone said...

Keeping you're family in my prayers.

Amy said...

So sorry to hear of his passing. Thinking of you and your family. Emily Stringham & Family

Mr.Matt said...

So Sorry.
Reicharts
Pine Valley Camp

Jule Rios said...

Dear Kendra:
I never had the privilege to meet Ryan and you personally but had met your in-laws as they came to my church, Grace Bible Fellowship of Pinellas Park, FL where my husband is the pastor, around two years ago. Since that time I have been following your journey and I have been partnering with you in prayer. Also the Church in Brazil, where we are from, also have and will continuing to pray for you. As part of the Body we suffer with you and mourn but not as the one who have no hope! May the Lord keep your heart and the heart of Colton specially. Continuing to pray for you until we are all together with our Lord and our loved ones.

Anonymous said...

My Prayers are with you!
Penny Nicholas

Anonymous said...

We are praying for comfort for your family and strength to get through this.

Maegan said...

You don't know me. I found your blog through a Facebook friend. I want to thank you for how your family has taught me to treasure the time we have together. I pray for God's peace, warmth, and provision for you and your son as these long days slip past you. When we are weak He is more than enough.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your testimony of Gods faithfulness through a very difficult journey. He will never leave your side..may you find peace and comfort in Him in the days a head. Praying for you and your family.

Muskrat said...

I'm sorry...

Kathy Wubbels Estrada said...

What memories you have made! Cherish these, draw from them, lean not only on those memories but on the friends and family who have who have a whole other treasure trove of memories to lift you up. Use all of them... the good, the bad, the ugly and the uplifting! You had in the short while the two (and then three) of you were together something a lot of folks go through their entire life without...a soul mate. You three were indeed blessed!

Gabriel Almada said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family

David Slabaugh said...

At times such as this I frequently think upon the words of Psalm 116:15 that read:
"Precious in the sight of the LORD [is] the death of his saints."
In my own journey I have found a lot of comfort in the words penned by Spurgeon on this verse. they are as follows:

"Be it known that while we are sorrowing Christ is rejoicing. His prayer is, "Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me be with me where I am," and in the advent of every one of his own people to the skies he sees an answer to that prayer, and is, therefore, glad. He beholds in every perfected one another portion of the reward for the travail of his soul, and he is satisfied in it. We are grieving here, but he is rejoicing there.
The last reason I shall give why the death of a saint is precious is this—because it is a precious sheep folded, a precious sheaf harvested, precious vessel which had been long at sea brought into harbour, a precious child which had been long at school to finish his training brought home to dwell in the Father's house for ever. God the Father sees the fruit of his eternal love at last ingathered: Jesus sees the purchase of his passion at last secured: the Holy Spirit sees the object of his continual workmanship at last perfected: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit rejoice that now the blood bought ones are free from all inbred sin, and delivered from all temptation. The battle's fought, and the victory is won forever."
What a blessed hope for each one who has placed their trust in Christ, to go from world of suffering, fraught with all the perils of sin and slip into the outstretched arms of a waiting Saviour!
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
Shalom, David

Muller Design said...

Heard Ryan speak at Rez Life last summer...what an inspiration...what courage...he LIVED his faith. Now he's reaping the rewards. Praying for your family.

Renee Brown said...

Praying for you and yours

Anonymous said...

Even though I do not know you, I have been praying for you all. Two years ago I lost my beloved husband one month before our 3rd anniversary. Praying for your peace and comfort as only He can give, as you begin this journey to your "new" normal. Know you are loved! Debi Unser

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Anonymous said...

Santana Valdez Says

i am giving this testimony cos l am happy

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