In case you are not connected to us, either in real life or via Facebook/Instagram, you may not be aware that Trena’s dad passed away last week. Please keep the Ivy family in your prayers. This was completely unexpected, and though we rest assured, knowing that God is sovereign and that His plan is perfect, our hearts still ache. We are grateful for the many ways that God has shown Himself faithful over the past week, and we are thankful for the many friends and family who surround and support us.
Papa was an integral part of the ministry of HCO. A board member for its first 8 years, he supported His Cherished Ones from its conception. He visited Kenya a number of times and invested in the ministry in many ways. He knew and loved the staff, and he knew and loved the babies. He was affectionately known as “Papa” to everyone at HCO. He will be greatly missed by the entire HCO family.
If you would like to bless Trena and the Ivy family by honoring Papa and his legacy of faith, service and dedication to the Lord, you can give towards “Papa’s Place,” a play pavillion that will be built as part of HCO’s next development stage. CLICK HERE to go to the link ~ designate “Papa’s Place.”
In the words of Trena, a tribute to her father as posted on social media…
“My sweet daddy is peacefully with Jesus this morning. We are beyond grateful to our Heavenly Father for gracing us with this amazing man to lead our family, love us unconditionally and show us what it means to seek and follow the Lord with his whole heart. He was an example of humility, integrity, and servanthood with selfless boundaries. He was our rock because he knew who his Rock was, our Lord Jesus Christ. He was the most genuine, hard working, loyal follower of Jesus that you could meet….with a big streak of stubborn in there to add some spice.
He loved his family, his church, his dog, RVing in the mountains, Rockhounds baseball, and his Savior God….and we love him.
Thank you, God, for giving him to us and for taking him home to you gracefully.
Thank you, friends and family, for your love and support.
We will post memorial service arrangements as soon as we finalize.”
We are grateful that we were able to spend some glorious days with Papa before he went home with the Lord. The two nights before he died, Papa was at the helm as we spent time on the lake, basking in the beautiful glory of God as Papa drove the boat while the rest took turns on the SeaDoos! Don’t these skies look inviting?