A Simple Wooden Box Burial
|Teodoro was 95 years old when his passed away.|
Recently we were asked to visit Teodoro, a gentleman who had been sick for a while. Although we weren't given any additional information regarding his condition, the people thought it best that we go sooner than later... so we did. After driving for over an hour on the rough roads, we arrived and were greeted by Teodoro's caretakers: two sons and a nephew. They explained that he had recently developed a problem which made eating difficult. Without food, his health had declined rapidly. When he lost the ability to swallow even water, it was exponentially detrimental.
While we were there, Teodoro's son desperately dribbled water into his mouth with a straw, but the drops just trickled over Teodoro's cheeks. Knowing that death was near was very difficult and the feelings of helplessness seemed to make it even worse.
|Deceased family members are usually laid out|
in the front room of the family's home for 2-3 days.
Days later Teodoro died. We stopped everything and drove to a nearby town to buy him a coffin. When we visited the home and saw Teodoro resting peacefully, we were overcome with gratitude for this call to missions.
|We had hundreds of these pictures of Jesus printed on vinyl.|
We give them to people every chance we get.
As I sat quietly, I noticed the items hanging above the coffin - the picture of Jesus and the rosary that we had given them as a gift.
As I looked around I realized that these were the only visible signs of their faith.
I bowed my head and thanked the Lord again for calling us to this place for this family.
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