Many of you already know we lost Vitumbiku, a freshmen, to cerebral malaria last week. On Sunday, there was a funeral service at the outdoor Academy chapel. As you might expect, malaria is very common here, but ABC has never lost a student to malaria. This is a devastating loss for our community. Malaria is preventable and usually very treatable. Please pray for us as we support the students and also process this sadness.
Vitu was on the volleyball team, and his teammates wore matching black ABC t-shirts in his honor. About a fourth of the students jumped onto the back of flatbed trucks to escort the body from the hospital morgue to the campus. ABC rented his family a small bus, and when the funeral was over, they placed the casket between the seats where his family sat for the 7 hour ride north to Mzuzu,Vitu's home.
We're living in the "already but not yet." Vitu was a believer and is now in the presence of Jesus. We have great comfort in that. Yet we are eager for the day when Christ will make everything new, and death will be no more.