In memory and honor of Boaz Pak, Luke Nishikawa, Simon Son, and Chong Shin, we invite those who knew them to share memories and messages here. We have also been overwhelmed by the outpouring of encouragement and sympathy from those who understand and wish to support the students and family in this time of loss. All such thoughts are welcome here as well.
Brian Taylor PUC wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:30 pm:
I had the privilege to play pick up ball with Boaz, Simon and Luke, they were fun guys to play with. I will truely miss having them around. As for my man Chong, He was the first Tennessee Titans Fan I had ever met outside of TN. Every time I saw him he always had a smile on his face. I'm going to miss our Titans talk in the cafe everyday. May all of you guys rest in peace. My prayers with their families. I look forward to seeing you guys again real soon.
Randy and Melinda Skau, parents of Union Students, PUC alumni wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:23 pm:
Tears stream down my cheeks to think of these spiritually- committed, vibrant yount men with so much potential, now at rest. May God warm your hearts with waves of comfort as we look forward to the day when He wipes away all tears.
someone who cares wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 10:09 pm:
Im not going to pretend that i know what the you (the families) are going throught but my heart aches for and with you. These young men were such a blessing to everyone around them, they brought joy and love to the lives of those around them. And one of these days hopefully soon we will see all of them but untill then, for now just know that everyperson at PUC loves you. we may not know you but we hurt with and for you. with all the Love in my heart -PUC student
Kelli Akioka - Hawaiian Mission Academy Alumnus/Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:33 pm:
My prayers are with everyone at PUC, especially those of you that are a part of the HMA family. My heart goes out to Christal and her family. I understand the pain you are going through, and my heart aches. I will forever treasure the memories I have of Luke and will remember the way that he touched me and showed God to me. I'll miss you Luke, but I know in my heart that he is with God. May God be your comfort, Nisikawa Ohana. He is our hope and everlasting salvation. Kelli Akioka
Becky Thompson wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 9:27 pm:
I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers. Sincerely, Becky Thompson 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18, Hebrews 13:5
A friend in Christ wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:51 pm:
To the families of these four adults. I am truly sorry for your loss. Continue to stay close to the Lord and let Him comfort you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Justin Gibson, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:35 pm:
Though far away in Nebraska, it feels as if we've lost students of our own. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at PUC, and we had a moment of silence during our student body convocation this morning. May the Lord comfort you during this troubling time.
EMMANUEL OFILI wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:33 pm:
My family grieves with the PUC and the families of the fallen students. May God grant you the fortitude to bear these losses.
Greg wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:19 pm:
My prayers go up to our Heavenly Father for all of the family members involved with this tragedy. I lost a son last year and so I know the pain involved with losing a child that had everything to look foward to.
Kathy Mitchell wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:14 pm:
He's coming soon! Hold on.
Chris Duckett wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:07 pm:
To the families: I would hug you if i was there..."The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
Ashley, Walla Walla University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:52 pm:
The entire campus is in my thoughts. I pray that the Lord will give you all comfort during this time.
Brittany Smith, Paradise Academy, WWU wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:48 pm:
My heart goes out to the campus. We have been praying here at Walla Walla. I always will remember Boaz for joking around with me at Cedar Falls Leadership Conference. He brought so much joy to everyone around him.
Stephen Baker, UC, SM in Marshall Islands wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:36 pm:
I'm not from PUC, but the prayers of all the students and faculty at the school I'm working at right now go out to the families and friends of those that were impacted by this accident.
Anonymous, La Sierra University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:35 pm:
Rest In Paradise. Family of the four students will definitely be in my prayers. Truly will be missed, and Never forgotten.
Megan Ahrens, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:31 pm:
Thinking of you during this difficult time. PUC is in my thoughts and prayers. My God comfort you in this time of need.
GI Nurses, Castle Medical Center, Hawaii wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:31 pm:
We are co-workers and friends of Masumi Nishikawa, mother of Luke. Our hearts are aching for all of the families and for the college. You are in our prayers all day, every day.
felicia sagala (former puc student) union college wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:29 pm:
i know it's a hard time right now for the loss of these four guys. i remember seeing three of these guys in campus when i was there. they were outgoing and very involved. im praying for their families and friends and PUC. R.I.P Luke, Boaz, Chong, and Simon. May we all see you again when Jesus comes.
Howard N. Gordon, Oakwood Univ. wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 7:02 pm:
In all things, through all things Jehovah God will keep us, if we just keep holding on, even when we cannot trace His steps, just hold on unto His hand. We at Oakwood are praying for the families and the college family. God is always Blessing. One Love.
Christina Burke. PUC wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 6:48 pm:
I pray that the friends and family especially have a sense of peace during these hard times. We will all meet again soon! Until that great day... God Bless...
Anna Balsanek -- Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 6:20 pm:
I can't even imagine what you all must be going through right now. My prayers are with you as you grieve this loss. May you each take comfort in the loving arms of Jesus as He holds you near and dries your tears. "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" James 4:8
Liza Ngenye (Union College) wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 6:18 pm:
When peace like a river attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say: "It is well, It is well with my soul"
Josephine Thamas (former PUC student) wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 6:08 pm:
It's hard to believe that I saw these smiling faces just last year. My prayers go out to their families and close friends... PUC BSB still makes me smile :). I pray that healing will come to you all.
Debbie Hodges - Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 5:19 pm:
We are praying for the PUC family in this time of loss. May they rest in peace until Jesus comes...
David Harris, La Sierra wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 5:10 pm:
I can't imagine the anguish that comes with losing a son/brother/classmate/friend. It's something that should never ever happen. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Although my words do little to comfort you, God can, may He bring you comfort in this time of grief.
hari wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 4:26 pm:
boazz we'll miss you~~ i'll see you in heaven
Chaplain Timothy Nixon, Andrews University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm:
To the PUC family and especially to the families of Luke, Boaz, Chong and Simon, We at Campus Ministries express our deepest sadness and share in your sorrow for the loss of these exceptional young men. We cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow, but know that your entire campus is in our thoughts and prayers. May the assurance of the blessed hope which lies in Jesus Christ give you courage. May you be comforted in knowing that nothing can separate us from His Love, not even death.
Ben, Walla Walla University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 4:19 pm:
Although I am not from PUC, I have siblings there that are mourning this loss with you. At times like these, I can't help but to long for that great reunion day... Much love, and blessings to you all, Ben
Jennifer Han, Walla Walla University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm:
Dear families and friends of Luke, Boaz, Simon, and Chong Won, Strength and healing to you. You are in my prayers constantly, and may God bring you strength and support.
Jasmine wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm:
My prayer are toward the family and friends. . Boaz ill see you again in heaven
Ron Novy-Florida Hospital College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm:
Luke was a student of mine at HMA, my thoughts and prayers are with his family and the other families.
Erika-Union College (former PUC student) wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm:
My prayers go out to you guys!
John Chow wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 3:22 pm:
Pastor Nichikawa: I share the pain of loosing a grown up son, Luke. I worked with Pastor Nishikawa in Hawaii. (Now retired pastor from Hawaii). The pain is real. And I share it with the parents. Prayers go with you at this difficult time. Love.
Christina Shrestha - Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 3:21 pm:
We are so sorry to hear of your great loss. We pray for God's comfort on each of you during this difficult time.
Pamela Cress, Walla Walla University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 3:12 pm:
Our campus was shocked and saddened to hear of the accident that tragically took the lives of Luke, Boaz, Chong and Simon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and all those who knew and loved these young men on the PUC campus. May God's peace and comfort be yours in the days ahead!
Barry Forbes, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm:
I am grieving with you and keeping you in our prayers. While there is no way for me to imagine what the PUC family is going through, please know that we are here to support you in any way that we can. I know that God will give you strength to make it through.
Nathanael Lenart - WWU Alum wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 2:57 pm:
I was deeply saddened when I read about such a devastating accident. Although I did not know the students in question, it sounds like they were really accomplishing some great things so I will actually say congratulations to them for accomplishing so much in such a short amount of time. I hope that each one of us can gain strength and encouragement from the example they set even as we mourn their loss. I will be keeping the family and friends in my prayers.
Jason Ahn wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 2:36 pm:
Chong went to church with me at the Portland-Vancouver Korean SDA Church. He was such a nice guy...during youth activities if I ever needed a ride he would always be willing to drive me. One time during a drive we had a nice long talk about life...and he seemed like he was on the right track to a good life. He was so smart...and he would looked past the outside layer of everything and always knew what was real. Although I didn't seen him much...I still know I'm going to miss him.
Daniel Ha, General Conference Auditing Service wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 2:32 pm:
Having a brother and two cousins currently attending PUC, and even though I did not know these seemingly fine gentlemen, this tragedy hit very close to home. My thoughts and prayers are with the PUC community along with the families and friends of the victims. May they rest in peace.
Barbara Reeve, Texico Conference wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 2:24 pm:
I heard about this tragic accident from my daughter at Union College. I am so sorry for the families and friends of these young men. I shared this with the workers here at our office and we are all praying for you. We all have children and can only imagine the pain the parents, families and friends are going through. May you feel God's comfort at this difficult time.
Suzanne Manes wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 2:17 pm:
May God be with you all through this difficult time. My prayers are with you. God bless.
Hannah Lindner wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 2:08 pm:
I would like to offer my sympathy to the families and friends of the students involved in last Saturday's accident. I do not know any of the students, but I certainly know the tragety of losing a family member. I will be praying for all of you.
Ona, WWU wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 2:05 pm:
My heartfelt prayers go out to the friends and family members, as well as the entire PUC familiy. All of us here at WWU are thinking about you.
Ginger Ketting-Weller, VPAA, Walla Walla University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 1:55 pm:
Our hearts have been so heavy for the PUC family and the families of these young men. This is such a deeply devastating loss. We're keeping you all in our prayers and thoughts.
Joann Herrington, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 1:47 pm:
How hard it is to look into the faces of Boaz, Luke, Simon and Chong, smiling at us from the past. My prayers and sympathy go out to the family and friends of these young men and to the PUC extended campus family, as well. May the reality of Jesus' resurrection and the hope of theirs at His soon coming sustain you during this terrible time and bring comfort to you in the days ahead.
David Smith, President, Union College wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 1:34 pm:
I am so sorry for your loss. While we cannot imagine your pain and grief, we are praying that God who lost His Son will comfort you and that His Son's resurrection will give you hope. I have attended too many funerals of my students during the past 36 years. I'm praying hard that Jesus will come soon.
joan whieldon, union college wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 1:30 pm:
“Love is stronger than death even though it can't stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can't separate people from love. It can't take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.” ~Maya Angelou
Ryan E. Smith, Oakwood University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 1:21 pm:
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. The PUC family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Pastor Ron Whitehead, Assistant to the President for Spiritual Life, Andrews University wrote on Nov 18, 2008 at 1:20 pm:
I pray you will feel God’s embrace during this difficult time. We are praying for you PUC—our brothers and sisters in Christ. “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3. Keep Looking Up.
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