Prayers asked for the Marion, Indiana Wesleyan, Wheaton and Anderson Communities

By Jim Garringer Published: Nov 29, 2011

All of us in the Taylor University community mourn the deaths of Marion resident and businessman Ray Harris, his daughters Ramie and Shey, and a friend Chris Backus in a weekend plane crash in Crystal Lake, Ill.

Ramie Harris was a student at Wheaton College and her father was flying her back to Wheaton after the Thanksgiving holiday. Shey Harris was a student at Anderson University, and Chris Backus was a student at Indiana Wesleyan.

Ray Harris was a well-known figure in the Marion and Grant County area who owned an auto dealership and also served as president of the Marion Board of Works.

We encourage the entire Taylor community to join with us as we pray for these families loved ones and friends.

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18