The unexpected loss of a child, I can’t imagine the shock and disbelief of your little one waking up in the morning and gone by the evening. We live our daily lives with the pseudo security that the routine of today will be like yesterday’s and tomorrow’s routine will be like today’s. We take for granted the every day predictability of our days, weeks, months and years; mortality is not in our vocabulary.
Fresh Life Church pastor, Levi Lusko is from my hometown, Kalispell, Montana. He moved here about seven years ago. He started his church above a restaurant on Main Street. They quickly outgrew that facility and moved to an old movie theater and quickly outgrew that so they purchased another movie theater and so the story goes. Fresh Life Church now reaches from the west of Montana to the east and every where abroad via the internet.
Levi has had an amazing impact in our area; his love for Christ and his call to evangelism is his utmost priority and lived out on a daily basis. In my opinion, he turned our valley upside down in more ways than one.
Levi and Jennie Lusko’s daughter, Lenya, died due to an asthmatic attack five days before Christmas. Levi said his wife, Jennie, was wrapping Christmas presents in the next room and had no indication that Lenya was in trouble. By the time Levi got to Lenya she was unconscious and died in his arms. He had no time to tell her good-bye.
By God’s amazing grace and power, and in honor of Lenya’s prayers and excitement for the upcoming Christmas Eve service, Levi gave the Christmas Eve message to the church. I was told there wasn’t a dry eye in the building.
This is an amazing testimony as to how God can take a seemingly horrible, heart wrenching situation and turn it to good in every way. Yes, Levi and Jennie feel the incredible loss of their daughter and their grief knows no limit. God has taken a tragedy, the loss of one little one and in turn, many from all over the world have rededicated their life to God or have confessed their need for the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Little Lenya’s life ended at five years old but many lives are just beginning, a redeemed life secure by the sacrifice of God’s son, Jesus.
Will you take a moment to listen to this powerful story?