SFO Tragedy Prayer Vigil

Tonight we were part of the prayer vigil for Ye Mingyuan and Wang Linjia, the two 16-year-old girls from China who were lost in the tragic plane crash into SFO last Saturday. They were two of thirty five children aboard who were headed to West Valley Christian, Luke’s school, for a Summer program. The girls were best friends who were coming here to learn English and experience California.  Wang was Valedictorian and Class President.  Ye was a musician and had just won a National Gymnastics Championship.  It was a very touching ceremony. Thirty five candle lights lined the stage to symbolize the children.  The event was live-streamed so that the families in China 6,500 miles away might be able to see it.  My husband spoke as one of the Pastors representing the San Fernando Valley and offered words of hope.  “God is not absent in tragedy.  He is here even in the midst of it and He promises to renew all things” he said.  Then he read these words from Revelation 21:1-7:  “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”  We are grieving with those who grieve in China tonight.  But we do not grieve as those without hope.

{Two empty desks were on the stage in honor of Wang and Ye}

{A red flower wreath represented our love to China}