Thursday, January 14, 2010

ELCA Seminarian Ben Larson believed to have died in Haiti

President Duane Larson of Wartburg Theological Seminary has sent the following message:
Wartburg Theological Seminary Student Believed to be Dead in Haiti
Message from President Duane Larson:

I am so sorry to have to share this news. I have just spoken with Benjamin Larson's mother, April. It is believed now that Ben has been killed in the Haiti quake. Both Jonathan Larson and Renee Splichal Larson are together safely. They were in the same building as Ben when the quake hit. They made it out, eventually found each other, then returned to St. Joseph Guest House in the attempt to rescue Ben, to no avail.

We understand that Renee and Jonathan will return to the U.S. this week.

We so grieve with his parents, April and Judd; for Renee's loss of her husband; Jonathan's loss of a dear cousin, for our loss of a beautiful friend. Ben's baptismal light burned so brightly in our community and for all who came to know him. We grieve the loss of so clear a proclamation, with eyes twinkling, of Christ's love, compassion, and humor.

I will keep you informed as we learn more. And we continue to pray. With Ben we claim that the Lord of hosts is with us. Would that the Lord "satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love" (Ps. 90).

May Christ's peace be with us,
Duane Larson

Four Wartburg Students in Haiti During Earthquake

Ben Splichal Larson, Renee Splichal Larson and Jonathan Larson are M. Div. seniors who were spending their J-term in Haiti. Ben and Jonathan were invited to teach lay leaders and Renee was interviewing people in Haiti as part of a thesis.
Sara Thomson, Wartburg Theological Seminary Intern, and the members from Trinity Lutheran Seminary who are with a project of her congregation, Abiding Hope - Littleton, CO, are indeed safe and accounted for in Jacmel, Haiti.

  We grieve with the Larson family and with the Wartburg Theological Seminary community. "Rest eternal grant him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him."

Gifts for Haitian Relief can be sent to

Lutheran World Relief -
Haiti Earthquake
P.O. Box 17061
Baltimore, MD 21298-9832

Online gifts can be given here: 
Haiti Earthquake Relief

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