A Child’s Perspective Of Death

Elizabeth Daka

Elizabeth Daka was a friend and co-laborer.  “Auntie Elizabeth” as our kids called her, passed away Wednesday night.  Elizabeth worked with us for the past seven years.  She helped Lori at the house, babysat our smaller kids when both of us were required to be out of the house at the same time, helped look after the house & property when we traveled in ministry.  For the better part of one year she filled in at Central Africa Baptist College cooking meals – much to the relief of the student body who had endured a previous cook who couldn’t!

Austin would practice his “magic tricks” on Elizabeth, she would always go along with his antics with an amused grin.  She graciously endured the boys tricking her with a plastic snake, and leaped into action to kill the beast!  During last year’s Leadership Conference, Elizabeth was watching 5 yr old Corban while the rest of the family attended the Conference.  Lori dashed home during a break to check on things she found Corban and Elizabeth playing Twister!  Corban was showing Elizabeth where to put her feet and hands as he called out the colors – hysterical!

We had many conversations with Elizabeth about the gospel.  She affirmed many times her faith in Jesus Christ alone for her salvation, remembering that testimony brings hope and comfort.

Yesterday our little 10 year old Carman wrote to me from the US. I rejoiced to read her perspective of Elizabeth’s death, and encouraged by her spiritual counsel.

Dear Dad,

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!! I feel so bad Aunt Elizabeth died. At least were almost sure she went to heaven. Maybe threw her death it is turning someone to Christ. I’ll pray that her siblings won’t be too sad. 🙁  Anyway, I miss you and everyone in Zambia. Tell them I miss them.  God bless you and your work in Zambia.  (PLEASE REPLY BEFORE 2:00:) just kidding.

Love me,

Carman Elizabeth Hunt

PS. Remember God is with you all the time even when life is hard. 

I have much to be thankful for!  Most of all that “God is with me all the time even when life is hard.”  

“But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”  (Matthew 21:15–16)


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