Support after tragedy

Thank you for covering the tragic story of the Hochstetler family (Oct. 16) in Indiana. It has shaken this area with its several Amish and Mennonite communities. Some additional details may be of interest. The funeral, with more than 1,200 in attendance, was held at Elnora Bible Institute, a ministry of the Biblical Mennonite Alliance. The Hochstetler family is related to an unaffiliated Anabaptist congregation, as you say. The family’s roots are in the Amish community. The father of the injured man, Sam Hochstetler, said the survival of his son, Jonathan, was an “absolute miracle,” according to his doctors, as the bullet wound went through his neck. Sam continues to give testimony to how God is working in their lives and the entire community, stressing the importance of forgiveness to those who committed the crime, who are not yet apprehended. The Holy Spirit has indeed been the comforter to those who have experienced such loss. More than $200,000 has been collected for the family with a GoFundMe account. Sam said, “It is really part of our Amish/Mennonite heritage to band together to help our neighbors in time of need.”

Timothy D. Jessen
Bloomington, Ind.

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