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Servant Called Home

It is with a conflicted heart that I pass on the news of a recent tragedy in Florida. Early this morning, Orland Huddle Leader Roy McConnell (center photo right with Teammates Tom Gale and Steve Culley) was called home to be with the Lord. Roy was on vacation with his family near St. Petersburg, FL and went to see a late night movie with his three adult sons: Roy III, Nathan, and Kelly. On their way home, they were hit (T-boned) by a speeding driver who was under the influence and ran a red light. Roy and his three sons were pronounced dead at the scene. Roy was 51 and leaves behind his wife Amy, sister and Teammate Deb McConnell, brother and Teammate James, and nephew and Teammate Dave, as well as two other siblings and extended family. Roy III and Nathan were also married with one young child each.

Early reporting: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/crime/os-four-dead-orlando-20100801,0,7811484.story

Roy was a friend, brother, and wonderful servant leader within FCA. He became the Endurance Orlando Huddle Leader in 2007 and has been instrumental in organizing and encouraging our Ministry Team and Huddle growth in the Orlando area, as well as the entire state of Florida. Recently, he was the point man in our EMI Florida Retreat, held this past April. Regarding this event, he just lived out the word servant before, during and after; doing the hard work to bless others. Roy was so excited and passionate about transparently living out his faith, and I am touched by how genuine he was in connecting with others.

I am confident that Roy is in the presence of God as I type this, and my heart celebrates as I smile, thinking about what that must be like. He will be missed though, personally as a brother, and ministerially as a partnering servant. My heart also breaks for his family and closest friends, as they begin the process of mourning his passing. It is in this light that I seek your prayers for them. I also seek your prayers for how the Lord will be glorified through this, perhaps through impacting many more to seek and find Him as Roy’s testimony is shared in the coming future.

We are prayerfully pursuing how we may bless Roy’s family and friends during this time, coordinating our communication through Teammates and friends Steve Culley and Don Patton. I will keep you all posted as more is learned in this regard.

Lastly, I take this moment to remind us all of how important our mission is, individually and collectively. Tomorrow is guaranteed to no one. We must go tell the world about Jesus!

For His Glory,

Chris Anderson

Below:  Roy at the recent EMI Retreat, sharpening his skills at sharing his faith in Jesus.  He was so excited about bringing the Florida Team together and becoming better equipped to make disciples!  He is a servant leader who is already greatly missed.

 

17 comments (Add your own)

1. Troy Soares wrote:
This is an awful trajedy, inflicted on Roy and his sons without warning. But praise God that as a Christian, there is nothing so powerfully destructive that it can truly take any of us away from our true Love. Because Roy is with the Lord, the one He loved more than anything. And the Lord is happy to have him home in the right timing. Even though this timing may never be understood by his family. We just pray that the Lord's comfort transcends all understanding. We will pray for his wife, Amy.

Sun, August 1, 2010 @ 10:28 PM

2. FCA Endurance wrote:
Update:

I have been overwhelmingly touched by your outpouring of love and desire to serve all who were affected by the loss of Roy, Roy III, Nathan, and Kelly McConnell. I wanted to briefly pass on an update and urge you to continue your prayers for Roy’s family and friends as they continue through this time.

The funeral has been scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 2:00 PM. It will be held at Roy’s church in Oviedo, FL (address below). Deb McConnell, Roy’s sister and our Teammate, has invited all to honor Roy by attending this celebration service. The service will be for all four men, and due to the nature of the accident, all four will be cremated before the service. She also shared that in lieu of flowers a fund is being set up to help the family.

Celebration Service at:
University Carillon UMC
1395 Campus View Court
Oviedo, FL 32765
(407)359-2877

I also wanted to share the link to a press conference held by the family this morning. It is extremely moving, sharing about and honoring the four men we lost and the results of this tragedy:
http://www.clickorlando.com/video/24497300/index.html

Lastly, I wanted to pass on the information on where to send cards for the family:

Amy Voelker
1212 Water Hickory Court
Orlando, FL 32825

Tue, August 3, 2010 @ 2:41 PM

3. FCA Endurance wrote:
Team,

This afternoon is Roy McConnell’s and his sons’ funeral (info below). So many of you have asked how you can serve his family, and while I encourage you to follow your heart in how to respond, I also encourage prayer. As such I am inviting the Team into a corporate time of prayer at 2:00 PM Eastern Time today. Whether you can take 30 seconds or an hour, set an alarm, and lets go to the Lord together.

Pray as you feel led, but you may include:
• Thanking God for Jesus, His sacrifice, that we can know Him, for His promises and hope
• Thanking God for His Church, including this ministry team and the McConnell family
• Thanking God for Roy, celebrating his life, ministry, and ongoing legacy
• Pray for the McConnell family as they continue to miss dear loved ones – for strength and peace
• Pray for today’s service, that the Holy Spirit would move powerfully in an invitation to salvation for non-believing attendees
• Pray for Roy’s ongoing ministry through the sharing of his life and testimony- that many would be moved to respond, drawing closer to the Father
• Pray for the Orlando Huddle and new servants, that they could grow on the foundation laid through Roy and his co-leaders
• Pray for continued unity and equipping for the Florida and national ministry team – that we would be more effective at impacting this world for Jesus together!
• Anything else on your heart or found in Scripture

Mon, August 9, 2010 @ 8:53 AM

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