January 27, 2010
Larson body locatedRenee Splichal Larson awaited official word Wednesday afternoon that her husband’s body had been recovered from the rubble of the St. Joseph Home for Boys in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Benjamin Larson, 25, was in the building with Renee and his cousin Jonathan Larson at the time of the Jan. 12 earthquake. Renee and Jonathan escaped and eventually returned to the U.S. All three, seniors at Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, were in Haiti for J-term. Ben is the son of April Ulring Larson and Judd Larson, Duluth, Minn., both ELCA pastors.
Renee told The Lutheran today (Wednesday, Jan. 27) that she had received a call from Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director of ELCA Global Mission, Wednesday morning saying that “they have located Ben and hope to have his body out this afternoon.”
She said Malpica’s text message sent to her after the earthquake assuring her that the Lutheran World Federation staff would “care for Ben and work to get [his body] out” was the only reson she was able to leave Haiti.
“I also knew that the people of St. Joseph’s would watch over his body and protect the building so that Ben would not be lost. Ever since the earthquake I have entrusted Ben to the Haitian people and the Church, and they are the ones who have prayed and worked so hard to get Ben out.”