When a loved one passes away, it’s never easy. The grief is something that can take years to overcome, and denial is often a natural reaction. So, after a missionary pilot from Minnesota crashed his plane and was presumed dead, his family couldn’t accept his death. However, after fighting for clearer answers for four years, they finally got some news — and it now has them calling on none other than President Donald Trump himself.
Four years ago, Jerry Krause, a missionary pilot from Minnesota, was flying from South Africa to Mali when he suddenly disappeared and was never heard from again. Because there was no proof of a wreck involving the Beechcraft 1900C he was flying, his family couldn’t accept the possibility that he was dead. However, they were left devastated two months after his initial disappearance when they were told by South African authorities that Krause had crashed his plane and died.
Still, although he was presumed dead, his family never gave up hope that he may still be alive. In fact, just when their confidence began to waver, they were given some information that changes everything – the South African government removed their official report and are now claiming that they were wrong and Krause was seen alive.
The family couldn’t believe what they had learned. As anyone would do, they immediately began to search for some answers as to his whereabouts. However, they have hit a roadblock and believe that “the US government knows Krause’s whereabouts but the Department of Defense doesn’t have the authorization to act on the information,” according to Fox 59.
They have since returned to their “Find Jerry” Facebook page and are now hoping to get help from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. They believe they are the only two people who would be able to approve any rescue attempt of their dear Jerry. In order to do that, they are asking people on the page to contact their senators and representatives to get the attention they need.
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They have since posted an update on social media that offers a small bit of hope for Jerry’s return. “God has been at the center of this situation and we did not want to make a move that would not keep Him in the center,” they wrote on the Facebook post.
“One of the key verses that swayed our decision was James 2:17, ‘Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.’ These last four and a half years my family has believed. We have had faith in God’s promise, that Jerry would come back home. And now, for the first time, we are taking action.” They continued, “God continues to open doors as we keep pushing forward. We are asking YOU to please join us in contacting your senators/representatives. Thank you for faithfully praying for us.”
They have since heard back from several offices regarding their plea, including Senator Joe Donnelly (Indiana), Senator John Thune (South Dakota), Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (New Mexico), Senator John Cornyn (Texas), Congressman John Moolenar (Michigan), Congressman Dave Trott (Michigan), and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (Indiana).
This family needs to finally get the answers they deserve. Contact your state’s representative. It seems God has been pushing them in this direction for a reason, and if writing one quick letter or making a simple phone call can help them, then we all should go for it. Although the answers may not be what they want, they will be answers to four long years of prayers — either giving the family back their loved one or giving them closure.