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A response to the tribute to Sonya Twist          Send a link to a friend

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To the editor:

The news of Sonya's death sent shock waves halfway around the world to the Guinea Coast of Africa. Our granddaughter, Esther, was actually writing an e-letter to us at the time she received the phone call telling of the accident. It was, and continues to be, very hard to grasp.

Jim, you are right, she was a gem, and therefore, the loss is all on our side. God gathered another bright jewel for His particular purpose -- His child, Sonya. She wasn't ours, she wasn't hers; she was His. He lent her to us for 16 years and she crammed into those few years more living for Him than many an older person.

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I was her Kids' Club teacher for a couple of years, when she was only in first and second grades. I have fond memories of that time. She was a live wire with a very quick mind, but, above all, she had an amazing capacity, even at that age, for kindness -- kindness toward the other children and always kindness toward adults.

Looking back over her life, I can almost believe she had a conviction that she had a lot to do and only a short time in which to do it. She made it! God be praised.

In loving memory of a thoroughly pleasing girl,

Edna Anne Baughman Smith
Sango Otta, Nigeria

(Posted April 20, 2005)

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