I'm asking for prayers. Around 6:30 pm on Mother's Day, a 10 year old wake board champion (Little Valarie Anne Hodges), the granddaughter of my pastors, went into the Amite River (right behind her house) to practice her wakeboarding. While her father had his back turned putting a life jacket on her three year sister, Little Valarie stopped answering her father and when he turned around, she was gone. They pulled her body out of the river three hours later close to 10 pm. We burried her today. While my whole church is affected by this tragic event, please keep the Hodges family in your prayers and please remember the children that Little Valarie touched. Children at church, school, soccaar team, teens on a wakeboarding team, a family in China that she met while on a Mission Trip. There were so many people there today. And there were even some kids that had come as well. I know I checked out my kids and they came with me, their choice. I tried my best not to influence their decission. But my son, who is ten and thinks that girls have cooties and doesn't have any friends who are girls, considered Little Valarie a friend. My daughter also considered her a friend.
Side Note: She was called Little Valarie because she was named after her grandmother, Pastor Valarie Hodges. Her middle name was her other grandmother's name. Pastors Leland and Valarie and their son, his wife, her parents, and their brothers and sisters really need our prayers right now.
Thank you in advance for praying,