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Edmonton's Liberian Community Extends Forgiveness

posted 11 Jul 2018, 16:32 by June Miller, MCA Communications

Edmonton's Liberian Community Extends Forgiveness

In September of 2017, four women from the Edmonton Liberian community were headed to Minnesota to visit friends and family when they were struck head-on by a stolen truck driving the wrong way down the highway.

Eva Tumbay (right), 37, Jeannette Wright (left), 53, and Glorious David (center), 35, died in the crash. A fourth woman, Janet Wright Gaye (not pictured), 32, was seriously injured. Three women were members of The Solid Rock International Ministries in Edmonton. Eva Tumbay, who leaves behind a husband and four small children, was a member of Holyrood Mennonite Church. Thomas Bumbeh, a member of  Holyrood and  president of the Liberian community in Edmonton, gave leadership during these difficult months.

On Friday, July 6, the driver of the stolen vehicle was sentenced. In the midst of their grief and pain, many expressed forgiveness to the driver through their victim impact statements. They also conveyed their hope that he can forgive himself. Tim Wiebe-Neufeld, Executive Minister of Mennonite Church Alberta responds.  "This accident was a tragic event for the Edmonton Liberian community. We grieve for the husband and four young children of Eva Tumbay of Holyrood Mennonite Church, who lost her life in the accident. It has been a long road for all those who experienced the loss of loved ones, or were injured in the accident. . . . Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to all of them. The fact that many were able to express forgiveness for the driver in their victim impact statements is an incredible testimony."