Since our last update, many things have happened. On January 26, 2015, we took off on a mission trip to deliver a Cessna 182 for ministry work in Alaska. In the previous weeks, Dad had introduced me to Missionary Nathan Smoot, who was hoping to get his pilot’s license and get an airplane flying in Alaska to reach the uttermost there. As a flight instructor, I was able to help him get his flight training.
The trip did not go as planned though. It has been just over a month now since the crash that took my dad’s life, nearly took mine, and injured Missionary Nathan Smoot. I just wanted to thank everyone who has prayed for, supported, and encouraged us through these difficult days. As the Bible says in Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” I do not pretend to understand why Dad was taken to Heaven so soon, but I do trust that God’s ways are higher than ours. As Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
My dad was not just a father to me but a dear friend and godly example of what a Christian should be. We worked together, flew together, did mission and ministry work together, and hardly a day went by that he didn’t call or text me. One good that I know Dad would want to come from his death is that more souls would be reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As his favorite/life’s verses say in Romans 10:13-15, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” If you don’t know Jesus as your personal Saviour, please trust Him today. If you are saved, then please share the love of Jesus with someone today. I know where my dad is today: “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (II Corinthians 5:8) Even though I wish he were here, I know he is happy in Heaven, and God is good!
Many questions have been asked, so I will briefly try to answer a few.
1. I still plan to fly.
2. We still plan on doing mission work.
3. Mom is doing well but could still use your continued prayers.
God is doing some things in the life of our family that I do not personally fully understand, but as we continue to follow His leading and direction, we covet your prayers for guidance and strength. Thank you once again for all your prayers and love!!!!! We feel so blessed.
Mark and Laura Siegwart
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