Sunday, February 19, 2012

In Memorial: Petty Officer Kyle Estrada (21) ; Whitney Houston, Pastor Glenn Cole

Kyler Estrada from Queen Creek, Arizona died last week during training exercises in  Africa. He was a Naval Petty Officer 3rd class.  The news has hit hard the family and friends of Kyler. Many friends watch as the national media has ignored the importance of this man’s sacrifice for his country. Kyler was fatally shot during night training for Operation Enduring Freedom in Djibouti.
Further information can be found on  AZ Family. Word of this man’s greatness has spread word of mouth, throughout Arizona. The Arizona Republic quote Kyler’s mother from Facebook and people from the 11th division as well as friends and family are leaving supportive messages with Clarin Estrada.
The In Memoriam segment of This Week with George Stephanopoulos, gives tribute to troops killed in Afghanistan or Iraq. There are other great people that deserve recognition and this week is an attempt to make sure they are remembered. That said, there were three soldiers remembered on This Week: PFC Cesar Cortez (24), LCpi Osbrany Montes De Oca (20) SGT Terry D. Reed II (30)
The news of Whitney Houston’s death has overshadowed those dying in the line of duty.  Whitney’s funeral was televised Saturday and reminded us all that God loves each and every one. She loved God and while she had personal demons (and who doesn’t?) she fought against her inner demons (as she put it) or weaknesses. Whitney’s current film project, Sparkle will be released later this year as planned.Houston’s funeral was inspirational to the nation and reminded us that what we should live now to impact others.Whitney had a huge impact on her friend’s in the industry and in personal life.
Pastor Cole died on Valentine’s Day. Just five days ago, this beloved pastor,died in Sacramento California, where he pastored during the last half of his career. He was responsible for building large churches on the cusp of the mega-church era. We personally remember him from Washington and the great inspiration he gave to our lives there at Evergreen Christian Center. Pastor Glenn Cole married us on Valentines Day many years ago. Pastor Cole  influenced many in his life. Hundreds of  missionaries and young pastors rose out of his ministry. Those people helped others spiritually, emotionally and financially.It may well be impossible to fathom how many lives he touched directly and indirectly as he did what he felt GOD prompting him to do.
Rest in Peace Kyler Estrada. Rest in Peace Whitney Houston. Rest in Peace Pastor Glenn Cole. Rest in Peace to the others killed this week in the line of duty.

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