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By Stephanie Ziebarth, Barnabas Mentor Coordinator

On Sunday morning there was a knock on my Disciples Lodge room door. I opened the door to find Nate Marshall, director of Joy El Generation’s 4.12 Leadership Training Program. “I just wanted to make sure you heard that Miss Patti has passed on to heaven,” he informed me soberly. I nodded, having just heard the same news from my husband via text.

The entire Joy El staff had been praying for Patti Cannon since her previous visit as a summer camp speaker. We knew her time to enter eternity with Jesus was near.

My daughter Anna and I were participating in the Mother-Daughter Retreat at the time, so I continued to pray for Patti’s loved ones and headed toward breakfast with Anna and the other 120+ mothers and daughters enjoying this special weekend at camp.

A couple hours later, I found myself in the worship center, enjoying another sweet time of worship with the mothers and daughters. As I praised the Lord in song, I looked toward the stage and pictured Miss Patti there, sharing her Flash the Sheep Bible stories, with the children’s complete interest. I began blinking back tears as I considered how thankful I was that she was away from the extreme pain she had faced in her battle with cancer, but also the fact that we would no longer experience her love...


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