UPDATE (Aug. 4): WorldVenture and the family of Jamison and Kathryne have created a memorial fund for those wishing to respond to the tragic death of the Pals family.
Donations to this memorial fund will be used to make grants for future WorldVenture appointees’ outgoing expenses and thereby accelerating their departure for their missionary assignments.
UPDATE (Aug. 3): A memorial service for Jamison, Kathryne, Ezra, Violet, and Calvin Pals will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 at Bethlehem Baptist Church (Downtown campus), in Minneapolis, Minn. The service will be live-streamed beginning at 11:30 a.m. CST.
Following the Pals’ memorial service and luncheon at Bethlehem Baptist Church, there will be a brief WorldVenture gathering for any alumni, missionaries, appointees, staff, past and present board members attending. The gathering will be at Bethlehem Baptist Church, but the exact location will be determined later.
Please Continue to Pray:
•For God’s comfort and grace for Jamison’s parents Rick and Kathy Pals and their extended family, and for Kathryne’s parents Gordy and Nancy Engel and their extended family. Pray that relatives traveling internationally will be able to arrive for the memorial service on Saturday.
•That many people (around the world and especially in Japan) will be drawn to Jesus as their Savior through the testimonies of Jamison and Kathryne and their families and friends in the midst of this tragedy.
•That God will call many to rise up and take Jamison and Kathryne’s place in missions.
(Originally published Aug. 1): With great sorrow we share that WorldVenture appointees Jamison & Kathryne Pals, along with their three children, Ezra (3 yrs), Violet (23 mos), and Calvin (2 ½ mos), were killed in a multi-vehicle crash on Sunday, July 31. The Pals were traveling in their van from Minnesota to Colorado to participate in their final training before deploying to serve as missionaries in Japan, when their van was struck by a semitrailer truck in Nebraska.
Their WorldVenture supervisor notes, “Jamison & Kathryne were all about the people of Japan being reached for Jesus that they might know the joy of salvation.” Jamison & Kathryne were looking forward to joining the ministry of Christ Bible Institute in Nagoya City. Following their language acquisition training they anticipated sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and discipling new followers of Jesus. In speaking with WorldVenture President Jeff Denlinger, Jamison and Kathryne’s fathers each echoed this sentiment: “Though we are devastated, we are praying that God would bring many to Christ through their testimonies and this tragedy.”
Jamison & Kathryne were committed to sharing the good news of Jesus. During their college days and more recently with their home church, Bethlehem Baptist Church of Minneapolis, MN, they served in local ministry and in several other international locations.
In a newsletter sent out to their family and friends following some physical challenges that Kathryne experienced, Jamison shared a quote from John Piper:
“Life is not a straight line leading from one blessing to the next and then finally to heaven. Life is a winding and troubled road. Switchback after switchback. And the point of biblical stories like Joseph and Job and Esther and Ruth is to help us feel in our bones (not just know in our heads) that God is for us in all these strange turns. God is not just showing up after the trouble and cleaning it up. He is plotting the course and managing the troubles with far-reaching purposes for our good and for the glory of Jesus Christ.”
– John Piper, in A Sweet and Bitter Providence
While we sorrow in Jamison, Kathryne, Ezra, Violet, and Calvin’s deaths, we also look to the promise of the One, Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead, for He has prepared for them a place in heaven for their good and for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Listen to an interview with WorldVenture’s Gwen Britton on Moody Radio about the Pals.