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Remembering Ming

A sister finds answers to prayer in service

On the first anniversary of her sister Ming's death, Abigail Thomas prayed before worshiping at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg, Pa. "I said, 'God, I don't want to ever forget Ming.' " Thomas remembers. " 'Let her be so close to me that I can feel her.' "

Later, at the back of the sanctuary, she found a booklet for the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots, a cross-cultural ministry serving isolated communities in Alaska, Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Its cover featured a drawing of child in God's hand--nearly identical to a carving the Thomases bought for Ming while she struggled with lupus. Beside it were words from Isaiah 49:15-16: "I will not forget you. See I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands."


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