Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In her Father's Arms

Please be in prayer for the Matthew Cretzman family that was involved in a car accident early yesterday morning.   Click here for the Fox 8 news report.

This young couple, whom I have never met, were missionaries to Cuba, on deputation raising their support.  The car accident proved to be fatal for their 3-year old daughter Azlynn Noelle.  The mother, Lana, was airlifted from the scene, and her condition is fair.  The father and baby girl were both treated at a nearby hospital and released.  Just last month they were in our home church's Missions Conference.

{Below}  Beautiful Azlynn Noelle, now in Heaven

Oh, how my heart breaks for this family and their loss!  There simply are no words to describe it.

To leave them a message of condolence, go to their Facebook page here or leave a comment on this blog and I will be sure that they get it.  They need an outpouring of love and prayers like never before.

23 comments:

  1. Eva Doan missionary to LithuaniaTuesday, February 21, 2012

    thank you for the beautiful reminder of God's grace! Will be in prayer; can't imagine losing a child...

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  2. I am so sorry for your loss. My wife and I have a beautiful 3 year old daughter named Raelyn. I couldnt imagine spending a day without her in our lives. I'm sure you are in pain, but we have to remind ourselves that the Lord has plans for little Azlynn. I hope everyone can pull together for you and your family. There is always somebody you can talk to. If I was with you, I would certainly give you a huge hug, and not let go until you are ready. I am not a good talker, but if you need someone to listen, you can call me Matt Forsythe 469-222-3657. I am located in Dallas, Tx.

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  3. Thank you for sharing, Mrs. Sloan.
    We are praying for God's Grace.

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  4. Heart-breaking is right. I prayed for this family in their tragic loss, and for a quick recovery for the mom. Thanks for sharing this.

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  5. I have been in prayer since first hearing this story. We really do need to pray because you never know what is in our future.Thanks for your blog, I never miss it.

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  6. I know her, I've talked to her a few times. Our church supports them and during a missions conference she came and ate breakfast at my house. Azlyn took a nap in my baby's crib. My heart keeps breaking over and over and over again for this sweet family. I just can't fathom the pain they are going through.... But they have a Comforter! Thank you for posting Jolene.

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  7. One thing I don't think we will understand until we get to heaven is why babies and children have to die. Why were they only here a short time. We have to remember God knows better than us, and all of us belong to him. I will pray for this family, it must be unbearable to lose a child.
    -Jessi

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  8. Our church supports these dear people. Oh ...how tragic! They sang in our church last missions conference!I will be praying for the the Cretzmans.

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  9. This hits super close to home for me because we have an almost 3 year old daughter, and are from an area of the states that's covered in ice 6 months of the year. We have been praying faithfully for them since we first heard. My husband brought up that the father of this little girl might struggle with feeling responsible, so that's another good thing to keep in prayer. What a comfort to know that God uses all for good, and that He IS the Comforter.

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  10. I left a message on facebook. We were supposed to be with them at that conference, but were unable to attend due to vehicle trouble. I can't imagine loosing our little Aaliyah. We will definetly be praying. - Tinyla

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  11. Hi Jolene: our daughter attended college with this dear couple. we are saddened to hear of their loss. May God give them the grace and comfort needed during this difficult time. We don't understand but will trust and believe that God knows what is best. May God's name be glorified through it all.

    Nola Holmes
    Lexington, KY

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  12. Thank you for posting!

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  13. I will be in prayer for this family.
    I am also praying as you await the outcome of your decision on whether or not to purchase the tickets for the other three children.
    So many changes and still so thankful that God is the One Who is in control of it all.
    Love and prayers,
    Vicki

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  14. Jolene thank you for posting .

    How my heart aches for this dear family at the loss of their sweet little princess .

    There are no words .....im just praying for you all at this time and in the days ahead .

    We as Christians can be so thankful that is not a long goodbye , just a short see you later ...for we know that we will all be together in Heaven with our Heavenly father for all eternity ....

    Sending love and prayers to you all ....precious sweet dear family .

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  15. thanks, Joleen, Our prayers are going out for this family in their great loss. Please send our thoughts and prayers. Thanks for sharing this request. Love you - Mrs. B

    Dearest Crutzman family,

    Our prayers are continually for your family at this time of great loss and healing. Words don't come easy in these times. God is in control and God will see you through - the hurt and loss is so deep you can't express, but this one thing I know, God is so there and HE WILL see you through, each and every moment - God makes NO mistakes! God comfort and especially strengthen your body, soul and spirit. "Heavens sounding sweeter, all the time!

    Prayerfully, Jerry and Bobbie Benefield, Chico, CA (Friends to the Sloans)

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  16. KENT AND SHUNDA LEBLANC FROM TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH IN LA. WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU ALL THAT GOD WILL GIVE YOU BOTH THE STRENGTH TO GET THROUGH THESE HARD TIMES IN YOUR LIVES.WE LOVE YOU ALL.WE APPRECIATE HAVING YOU AS OUR MISSIONARIES TO CUBA.

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  17. May the Lord shine his love on them, may they find comfort that their princess is with God himself in Heaven. I am adding this family to my prayers.

    PS. Mrs Sloan when I clicked on your home church your family is listed in Asia rather than Europe (even though it does say Ukraine) so people may have difficulty in finding you on their website.

    Love,
    Alexis

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  18. I know...this all is just so horrible....I shared all of this and different links on fb about them.... I am definitely praying for them, as well.... <3

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  19. I just watched the video clip and am in tears and shock. "Lord Jesus, please comfort this beautiful family... show up for them right where they are. Touch their hurting hearts with your peace and be real to them through their pain... Comfort Father, comfort." Jolene, thank you for sharing this urgent prayer need. There are no words. Just praying.

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  20. Thank you for posting this; we knew about it of course, they were here also last month. Lana and the children stayed in one of our Missionary Apartments for a week while Bro. Matt went on to Florida working on his Masters degree. It is just so sad; but a blessing to know that Azlynn is in Heaven waiting for them. You have a blessed day, love ya.

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  21. We have been praying for them since we heard of it with aching hearts.

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  22. I heard about this from North Valley. Also, my son Jerry from Calvary Baptist in Dundalk MD called me. They had been in his church the previous Wed., and Jerry said that his wife, Kim, had held Azlynn in the nursery. They will certainly be in our prayers. Love, MaryAnn.

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  23. Thank you for sharing the photos of the Cretzman family. Our pastor encouraged us to pray for them, as well as to send greetings of sympathy and encouragement. The pictures brought it closer to my attention.
    Mrs. H

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Thank you for your encouraging comments! "As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country." Proverbs 25:25