A sad day at RVA

Loren Harrison 1961-2011

Thursday, Sept. 23 was a day that no one expected.  A staff member on home assignment went to be with the Lord after suffering a brain aneurysm five days earlier.  It was a huge shock and it has affected many of the staff and students.  He left behind his wife and eight children. We just cannot believe that his death happened so quickly. It is beyond our own comprehension of just how traumatic this is for his family. 

Mr. Harrison was a nurse in the infirmary here at the school.  He and his wife were also dorm parents for a few years as well.  Once a week he and Todd would end up in the wood shop together trading building ideas and techniques.  He was always a welcoming person seeking to find out how things were, being willing to help, and had a quick, easy laugh. 

Mr. Harrison’s life story was one of trust through some tough times.  He had lost his first wife to cancer.  He experienced his first brain aneurysm in 1999.  He recovered fully from this and was able to continue working for the Lord.  He and his wife, Vicki, came to RVA in 2004 – the first year that we came to work full time as well.  They adopted two little boys who no longer were orphans.  They had returned to the U.S. in July 2011 trusting that God would provide for their return in December of 2011.  Through it all Loren was a bigger than life kind of person that infectiously and generously handed out joy as medicine. 

Please pray for the Harrison family, Vicki and her eight children, as they have many difficult decisions ahead. Please also pray for the RVA community, staff and students, as we celebrate Loren’s Homegoing, but mourn the loss of a dear friend.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful  – Hebrews 10:23

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!  He gives victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.  – 1 Corinthians 15:54-58

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