Michael is with Jesus

Early this morning,  Michael passed away peacefully. My six youngest siblings and parents were on their way to the Bible Bee Nationals in Orlando Florida. They had stopped by Macon Georgia (which is where Michael was) and were going to spend a little time with my uncle and aunt there this morning. Around 2am they came to the bus to get my mom and tell her that Michael had died. She called me soon after 2am this morning and told me amid tears that she was in Michael's hospital room and that Michael had just died. She said the whole place was just flooded with peace and the presence of God.
All of your prayers over the past month have been so appreciated. Thank-you all so much. Although the pain is raw and we are all grieving, we REJOICE that we know beyond a shadow of a doubt where Michael is this morning-in heaven, rejoicing with Jesus and the angels!
Please continue to be in prayer especially for Michael's family, Sam & Ruth, & Brad, Patty, Jared, Lyndsi, Stephen, Josiah, & Beka, as they go through this extremely difficult time of loss.

{the below was taken from the Facebook page this morning}
"Michael passed away early this morning. The ventilator needed to be replaced, and because of his low oxygen levels, the procedure was very risky. 
Sam & Ruth were able to communicate with Michael prior to the procedure. They told him if he's ready to go, its okay. 
Michael left peacefully during the procedure.
Thank you so much for your prayers, words of encouragement, and loving support for the Stoltzfus family.

(The following is the chorus of a song I was listening to last night. It applies so much to this time.)
"But if not...I will choose to love Him anyways.
But if not....He still be worthy of my praise.
His great glory I'll proclaim, if He delivers from the flame
And I will serve Him just the same....if not."

(posted by chelsy)


  1. I just posted that song on my fb page yesterday. It applies to every situation. YES we will praise Him no matter what! Praying for you all as you walk through this valley. Marinda

  2. my hearts and prayers go out to his family at this time

  3. We are continuing to lift the Stoltzfus family up in our prayers, as well as his extended family and friends. Michael's story has left a great impact on our family's life. I found out this morning through your cousin. We are continuing to pray for the family.

    ~ Morgan R.

  4. Oh, guys. I'm sorry you had to lose someone close to you! We've been praying. Keep clinging to the thought that you WILL be together again. "Your relationship hasn't been ended. It's been interrupted."

    Yet, we are so sorry for this loss for all of you! Keeping all of you, especially his family in our prayers. May the Lord hold you close.

    Love, Rebecca

  5. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for each grieving heart.
    Love to all,
    Ali Turner

  6. Praying for ya and ya family. My heart goes out to ya all. Trust in God and he will get ya all through this.
    In Christ,

  7. Even though I don't know you, you all have been on my mind since I read your blog last night. I've been praying for the immediate and extended family and will continue to lift you all up to the Lord.

    Love in Christ,

  8. I'm praying for you and your relatives, Chelsy.

  9. We are praying for you all and the Stoltzfus family!

    The Forsters

  10. I'm praying for your family. What's the name of that song? Its so beautiful.

  11. I'm praying for your family. What's the name of that song? Its beautiful.

  12. Praying for you. I feel with you guys!


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