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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
Edna Anne Baughman Smith
Sango Otta, Nigeria
(Posted April 20, 2005)
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