Prayers for Catherine

Several years ago while on a business trip to Asia my twin brother Joe met a lovely woman from China. Catherine lived in Shenzhen, the modern mainland city outside of Hong Kong. Catherine was raised in a rural community not far from Wuhan. Her family was not rich. They did not have indoor plumbing. They lived in a small home, raised chickens and farmed a small plot of land. When Catherine was old enough and brave enough she left her rural community and moved to Shenzhen. She found a job and lived in a tiny apartment.

Joe and Catherine were married in 2008 and then Catherine moved to America. She went to night school for English lessons and worked at a Sam’s Club, not because she needed to but because she wanted to. She wanted to contribute.

Catherine at a St. Louis tea party rally last year.

My twin brother Joe received some good news earlier this year. He was going to be transferred to Hong Kong to run the office there. Joe and Catherine were very excited. Catherine was glad that she would be close(r) to her parents and family again.

This coming weekend Joe and Catherine had planned a golf outing and banquet. They’d been planning the party for months and family and friends from all over are coming to St. Louis for the send off. They were very excited.

But yesterday the plans changed. Catherine received a call from home at 5 AM St. Louis time. Catherine’s brother was riding a scooter home from work and was hit by another vehicle. He was able to call his uncle after the accident to tell the family that he was hurt. The uncle arrived 20 minutes later around the same time as the ambulance. They took her brother to one hospital and then transferred him to another hospital. He died on the way there.

Her brother left behind a one year-old baby and young wife. Catherine left this morning to fly home for the funeral. They are going to let her see him one last time before he is cremated. She will meet Joe in Hong Kong in a couple weeks. She was just sobbing this morning before she went through security at the airport. She has a 12 hour flight from New York and then another flight and bus ride home. She will see her nephew for the first time and bury her brother this weekend.

Please keep Catherine and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

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