One of our older co-workers, Daniel Kendal, has been ill for well over a year. In recent months he’d been struggling with failing health due to some complex tumors and issues that I didn’t quite understand except that his situation was serious and that recovery was unlikely. This evening the Lord took Dan home into his presence.
I was at the community center helping the ESL classes when I first heard about his passing. A number of church leaders and members were there for meetings and all of them were in tears. It was touching to see how they loved Dan and Beverly. The leaders announced that they’d have a prayer meeting for the Kendal family tomorrow evening. I thought that this was a very special gesture.
My wife’s family worked many years with the Kendals, and we have shared a few years here in San Juan working with them as well. We continue to live a few minutes from one of their three daughters, Ruth Yingling, and her missionary family. We’ve decided that it would be appropriate to drive to McAllen, TX this weekend and attend the funeral which is planned for Monday morning. We are sorry for the family’s loss and yet rejoice at Daniel’s heavenly healing.
We plan to leave Saturday morning and return Wednesday or Thursday at latest.
We’d appreciate your prayers for the Kendal family, including wife Beverly, and the three adult daughters, Ruth Yingling (husband, Scott), Rachel Reaser (husband John), and Priscilla Clark (husband Ted). I don’t recall how many children the Clarks have but I think 5 or 6, the Yinglings have 5, and the Reasers 2, so there are a number of very sad grandchilldren too.
We’ll miss Dan’s presence here in Mexico and pray for the Lord to sustain Beverly and give her peace about the future.
Pray for our trip by car to be safe and without incident. I do not really enjoy these trips due to the harsh environments we drive through, the tremendous distance (over 600 miles one-way), and the many potential dangers along the way. Our last trip included being stopped by fake police who tried to extort money from us, but who did not do so successfully nor did they cause us any other harm. We’ve always had safe trips for which we’re grateful to God. May this trip go well for us and some of our co-workers who’ll be traveling up also. Thanks for your prayers.
This is the last photo I think I took with Dan Kendal. He’s in the middle, just in front of my mother-in-law, Beth Hanna. He and Beverly are to the right of their daughter and son-in-law, Scott and Ruth Yingling. This was taken at our most recent CAM Mexico Conference in late November 2009 and this group was of the Moody Bible Institute alumni represented at the conference.
This photo was taken in April 2002 when we took an exploratory trip to Mexico. I believe it was the first time I had met Dan Kendal. In this photo, he was translating for me as I preached a sermon at the Abundant Life Bible Church in San Juan del Rio. Dan’s Spanish was exceptional after several decades of ministering in Latin America; he was also an excellent translator.