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My church is in the news! - A Sorta Fairytale
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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Apr. 13th, 2010 07:26 pm
My church is in the news!

Last Friday afternoon, an 11-year-old girl from the town in which my church is located went missing (apparently her family also attends my church, but I don't know them personally). She left her bike and helmet behind and apparently wandered off into the swampy woods around gator-infested Lake Jessup. Add to that the additional detail that she has Asperger's Syndrome (a mild form of autism), and you can imagine how worried her family and friends must have been.

Now, after three and a half days of searching, she's been found! And apart from a lot of bug bites, she's perfectly fine. :)

Orlando Sentinel story

Yahoo News story

I'm excited about this story partly because I've been praying for her safe return all weekend, but I also think it's pretty neat that the man who found her was someone I know from church.

Praise God!

Joie

ETA: There's a great interview with the man who found her at WFTV.com. If you click on this link, you should be able to find it. For some reason, it won't link directly to the right video, so you have to scroll down and click on: "RAW INTERVIEW: WFTV Talks to Man Who Found Nadia".

Current Mood: ecstatic ecstatic

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coastal_spirit
coastal_spirit
Gale
Wed, Apr. 14th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)

I just saw this on the news, but of course, I didn't know that it was your church! I, too, felt very thankful that the girl was found alive and relatively unhurt. All I could think of was how I would feel if my daughter went missing (always, at any age, but I kept getting pictures of my Katie at 11 in my mind, and even writing this, it brings me close to tears), and I felt unbelievable relief for those parents.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Wed, Apr. 14th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)

Yeah, I think one of the details of the story that had me sympathizing the most was that she has Asperger's, because I've taught several kids with Asperger's and I could just picture it being one of my students out there in the wilderness not knowing what to do. "Unbelievable relief"--those are the right words. So glad that her family has had this burden lifted.


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