Thursday, November 8, 2012

In Memorium

Ryan Woods passed away November 7, 2012, at 12:38 pm. He was surrounded by family, friends, and a community of people whom he loved in downtown Vancouver, Washington.

The following comes from The Columbian newspaper:

Ryan Woods, a 30-year-old Vancouver man who has been fighting terminal cancer for more than a year, died Wednesday.

He died two days after an impromptu candlelight vigil at Compass Church, 1812 Main St., where nearly 200 came out to sing in support of Woods in his final days, said friend Chris Chapin.
"It was emotional and uplifting just seeing so many people care about Ryan," Chapin said.

At the Exponential Conference in April Ryan was interviewed on stage. Dave Ferguson, Exponential organizer said this about Ryan:

I'm so sorry to hear this news.  Ryan was a very heroic and inspiring follower of Jesus.  His interview at Exponential last year gave courage to thousands of church planters - I'm personally grateful for his willingness to do that.

Sincerely, Dave Ferguson

The Renovatus Church of Christ where Kevin and Brenda Woods, Ryan's parents, minister will hold a special worship service Sunday, November 11, 6:00-7:30pm.

Funeral arrangements are being made for Sunday, November 18 at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver. The time has not yet been set.

The Hilton was chosen for the funeral service site because it is able to hold the crowd expected to attend the service. It is, however, quite expensive. If you wish to contribute to help cover the funeral costs you may donate through the Kairos website. Click on the donate button and select Renovatus-Ryan Woods.

Thank you to all our Kairos friends and supporters across the country who have shared with us this journey of Ryan and Jess's into eternity.

Father, you invite us to participate in exceptional blessings even as we at times experience extraordinary afflictions. Thank you for Ryan and his faith that carried him through his extraordinary afflictions. Our hope is in Jesus, the firstborn of the dead. Amen.

Stan Granberg
Kairos Executive Director

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