12/24/05 Sundays of Hope--Christmas Week 2005
A mother received a phone call about her daughter, who has been missing for over a year now. It was the type of phone call that you want to get and don’t want to get, all at the same time. The mother was told of one of the first real leads on her daughter’s disappearance. The horrifying aspect of it is the fact that there is now a known tie between her daughter and an accused murderer.
This call came only days before Christmas. I can imagine the agonizing waiting for the family as they wait to hear any news as to whether or not his man had more to do with Joanna Rogers than a few shared email communications.
It is for this reason that I selected Joanna as this week’s Sunday of Hope campaign. Her family needs prayers right now perhaps more than at any time since she disappeared.
The family of missing Tara Grinstead said it well: “The holidays should serve to remind us to share our love with one another. As you share these days with your family and friends, please stop and take a moment to count your blessings. Be sure to say "I love you" to each and every person important to you. The touch of another who cares for you is worth more than the most extravagant present. Give your hugs freely. Please take the time to make a call to the ones you love but cannot be with this weekend. The gift of your loving voice will be treasured as much as the most carefully chosen gift. Remind yourself of the reason for this holiday and let it fill your heart with hope and the knowledge that God is with us even in the dark days ~ and perhaps more so on those days.”
You may find more information about the lead on Joanna here:
Previous stories about Joanna include:
Joanna’s physical description:
Case Type: Endangered Missing
DOB: Jun 25, 1987
Missing Date: May 4, 2004
Age Now: 18
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
Weight: 125 lbs (57 kg)
Hair Color: Red
Eye Color: Hazel
Missing City: LUBBOCK
Missing State : TX
Missing Country: United States
Lubbock County Sheriff's Office (Texas) 1-806-775-1601
Joanna’s mother, Kathy, asked to pass along this message:
“We wish to thank all of those who have offered prayers and support for our family during this time. It has been a great comfort to us. We ask that folks offer special prayers for Sgt. Greg Parrott, Investigator Anthony McAdoo, Special Agent Shannon Fish, and United Response Directors Dana Ames and Sheila Holland, these are the people who have put their hearts and souls into finding Joanna and are now as much a part of our family as my own parents. They too suffer with us."
Please sign Joanna’s guestbook: http://pub26.bravenet.com/guestbook/2158665619/
Sundays of Hope is a weekly prayer campaign for the missing. The week of universal prayer for the featured person extends from Sunday-Saturday. We encourage you to get involved with your worship community, prayer group, other club or organization. Print posters from the link provided and make available to interested persons in your group. Let us know that your worship community or other group is participating by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the name of your church or group, the city, and the state. Thank you.