On July 31, 2016 Jamison, Kathryne, Ezra, Violet and Calvin were traveling to their final training session in Colorado, prior to their long-term deployment to be global partners with Christ Bible Institute in Nagoya, Japan. (See article in Omaha World Herald.) On a long stretch of highway in Nebraska, while stopped in a construction zone, a semi truck rear-ended them at over 60 miles per hour. The van Jamison’s family was in, as well as the truck, burst into flames and was slammed into several other vehicles. The entire Pals family went into eternity together.
We deeply love them, and will sorely miss them. We weep and mourn and ache together. Pastor Jason Meyer writes, “Some look at death and see a tragedy—the tragic end of all their hopes and dreams. As Christians, we look death in the face and see ultimate victory, not tragedy, because Jesus defeated sin and death for all of his people. Facing death without Jesus is an eternal tragedy—weeping that never ends.
“And so, while we grieve, we rise up with resurrection faith as we embrace together our blessed hope that Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. And so, we celebrate the fact that the Pals family is not dead, but more alive than ever because of the grace of God that is ours in Jesus Christ.”
The Jamison and Kathryne Pals Foundation has been established to spread the Gospel of Joy through Jesus Christ to Japan and beyond. Donations may be sent to the Pals Foundation at 3570 Vicksburg Ln N, Ste 100, Plymouth, MN 55447. palsfamilyfound.org.
To view the memorial celebration of their lives at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN, click below.
To hear Dr. John Piper’s funeral prayer, visit: