We are all grieving. Several days ago, Rebecca Krahn, our audio program producer at Back to the Bible Canada, was killed in a car crash on her way to work. She was 30 years old.
When I first started my new role at Back to the Bible Canada, I was introduced to her. I found out that she was the first person that Ben Lowell and Steve Biggerstaff hired when they began their leadership in this radio ministry. Upon being introduced to her, I found out that her mother and my sister had chummed together as children. Immediately, Rebecca felt like family to me. She never stopped feeling that way.
We sat in the recording studio for many hours together. She did her magic on her sound board, fixing my mistakes and ensuring the quality of every broadcast we aired. More than once, after a recording, she would enter my office and suggest a correction to the recording, or even noticing that I had made an error in what I said. An example might be, “I think you meant 1 Timothy, and you said 2 Timothy.” I would go down to the studio, as she would have me say a sentence again, which she skillfully injected into the broadcast. It was altogether seamless. I soon found out that after each recording was accomplished, Rebecca poured over every single word, transcribing the entire recording and checking every word. I was in awe.
But there was another side to her. What drove her forward was her overwhelming love for Christ and His Word. One friend tells of coming upon her after she had encountered a stranger, and was ministering Scripture to them. Those young women who visited her townhouse remember always seeing an open Bible. Rebecca loved to minister to young women. As of recent she had begun dating a youth pastor, and her commitment to godliness and purity were always evident. I count it an honour to have worked with a woman of God.
The words “tragedy,” “loss,” and “heartbreak” come so easily to mind. But there are other thoughts as well. I am quickly reminded of Paul’s words in Philippians 1:21: “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” But it is the previous verse that captures the present hour well: “It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honoured in my body, whether by life or by death.” Indeed, our dear sister honoured God both in her life and in her testimony of faithfulness in her death.
Steve Biggerstaff is our COO at Back to the Bible Canada. He showed me a picture of Rebecca, in which she had been running in a long distance marathon. The picture had been captured as Rebecca crossed the finish line, her arms raised in victory, with an enormous smile on her face. We both stared at the picture, and both of us understood its symbolism. 2 Timothy 4:7-8 says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me, but also to all who have loved his appearance.”
Well run Rebecca! You have run well, and we who have watched your passionate love of Christ and of God’s glory were so encouraged to watch you run! Now you see with your eyes that all the promises of Christ are true!