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They will always be my Heroes of the Faith

It was nearly four months ago that my brother found out his sweet wife had a brain tumor. She passed away early this morning around 2:45 in their Jacksonville, Fla., home. Their journey brought sadness, but also spiritual strength to all those who were touched by the courage Pam showed throughout the ordeal.

She is certainly at peace now with her Heavenly Father while also enjoying time with her earthly father, Leonard Sloas, who went on before her several weeks ago. That had to be some kind of special reunion today.

Watching from the outside, we have stood amazed at the grace that fell all over my brother and our family, their church at Fruit Cove and their many other friends throughout the country and even world. What a joy to know and believe that God never leaves us nor forsakes us, even in the darkest of hours. As Tim has repeatedly said throughout this journey, our God is a good, good father.

Beth and I were blessed to spend a long weekend with them back in late June. It was some of the best spiritual refreshing that either of us could ever remember. God was in that place as we shared together. Nightly devotions became prayer meetings full of praise and tears. We prayed for complete healing and she has that now in heaven where there is no suffering. Tim and Pam showed remarkable faith that belied the situation. They had a way of making you feel better even when Pam’s outlook turned bleak.

I wrote a column for the newspaper back in April when they were at the beginning of this journey and, while a lot has changed, much has not. The sentiment expressed in the column remains the same and my brother and his wife are still at the top of my Heroes of the Faith list, maybe now more than ever before.

Here is the column from April 19:

http://www.dailyindependent.com/opinion/mark-maynard-brotherly-and-sisterly-love/article_50d9ea76-246c-11e7-a6bb-c312756b2279.html

By Mark Maynard

Managing editor of Kentucky Today, the digital newspaper of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, since July 2017. Worked 42 years for The Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky, the last 12 as managing editor and editor and the previous 30 before that in the sports department, including 17 years as sports editor. I have been in the business since 1975 with more than 75 writing awards from the Kentucky Press Association. I have also have written eight books, used to run fast but now look more like I have a piano on my back. President of Amy For Africa, a faith-based Christian ministry serving Uganda. I'm a husband to Beth and father to Stephen and Sally, grandfather to Brooks and human to Opie!

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