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Pray for Austin Whetsell today

July 2, 2007

NEW UPDATE: We have been told the Church will be setting up a fund to help offset the search efforts for Austin Whetsell. Click on the link below for more details. It seems the Mexico government is doing little to help with the search efforts all of the money is coming from the family right now. As soon as we know more we will let you know.

UPDATE: The church has now setup a website to keep everyone informed of what is going on. http://austinupdate.blogspot.com/

The political consulting world is in prayer today for Austin Whetsell, oldest son of republican political consultant, Walter Whetsell, owner of Starboard Communications. Austin was caught in a riptide on Sunday around 4PM in Zihuantenejo, Mexico. Walter and Austin went to Mexico on a short term mission trip for their church, Lexington Presbyterian.

As of this morning they have not been able to find the body of Austin, 15. Our prayers go out to the Whetsell family and we wish for his safe return. The family has requested prayers. There will be a noon prayer time at Lexington Presbyterian Church • 246 Barr Road Lexington, SC 29072.

You may also leave any condolences or notes here and we will pass them on to the family.

I just got back from the prayer service there were about 150 people in attendance. Commissioner Hugh Weather’s came and several Romney staffers who used to work for Walter were also in attendance. Remember Walter ran Hugh’s campaign so they go to know each other pretty good.

I will leave you with a parting thought from the service. It is from Ecclesiastes 7:2-3.

It is better to go to a house of mourning
Than to go to a house of feasting,
Because that is the end of every man,
And the living takes it to heart.
3 Sorrow is better than laughter,
For when a face is sad a heart may be happy.

[UPDATE] WIS: http://wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=6738266

[UPDATE] https://schotline.wordpress.com/2007/07/03/austin-whetsell-update-they-have-found-the-body/

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2007 3:09 PM

    This has to be a very difficult time for him and his family, and he’ll certainly have mine.

  2. chad connelly and boys permalink
    July 2, 2007 3:42 PM

    Walter, our hearts and prayers reach out to you now. Please know that the boys and I are lifting you and your family up right now for the Lord’s comfort and peace. In HIM
    Chad

  3. Steve C. permalink
    July 2, 2007 5:01 PM

    Walter, I am sorry to hear the news, My family will certainly keep your family in our Prayers and thoughts through your difficult time. May the Lord Bless you and your Family.

    Steve C.

  4. Mike, Brandi and Finley Gulledge permalink
    July 2, 2007 5:11 PM

    Walter,
    Brandi, Finley and I are very sorry to hear about Austin. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
    God bless.

  5. Ginny Allen permalink
    July 2, 2007 5:29 PM

    Walter- our prayers are with you from ALabama, praying for the safe return of you all.

  6. Chad and Crystal permalink
    July 2, 2007 5:46 PM

    We are at a loss for words- please know taht our hearts are broken and we are asking God for a miracle and the safe return of Austin- who is an unusually fine young man. He is special in every way. Thanks to your family for your faith in our Lord and the example that you are setting even now.
    Please know our prayers are with you!
    We love you guys-
    the Bouknight Family

  7. Ashley Landess permalink
    July 2, 2007 6:04 PM

    Walter, we truly have people all over the world praying for you and your family. God bless you. Know that our thoughts are with you.

  8. Stephanie Mitchell permalink
    July 2, 2007 6:13 PM

    We are so sadden to hear of this news. We are praying for your family and for Austins safe return.
    Stephanie and Steve Mitchell (Trey Mitchells family)

  9. Roger, Susan, Wess and Callie permalink
    July 2, 2007 8:55 PM

    Walter, Kim and all the wonderful Whetsell family….our words fail us at a time like this….but please know for certain that our hearts are breaking, our prayers are doubled for you all and all of your friends are here to stand with you. Austin is a special young man truly gifted with an obviously loving heart that only God can instill. We are praying for the loving hand of God to cover you all…provide a miracle and shelter and comfort you.
    The Helton Family

  10. Doyle and Melinda Raffensberger permalink
    July 2, 2007 10:00 PM

    Walter and Kim,
    Our hearts are breaking for you. We pray that our blessed God of peace will uphold you and your family.
    In Christ,
    Doyle and Melinda

  11. Nancy Grover permalink
    July 2, 2007 11:27 PM

    Kim and Walter,
    Please know that you are in our prayers during this difficult time.

    Love, Nancy

  12. Dan Tripp permalink
    July 3, 2007 3:28 AM

    Walter,

    I can’t even begin to understand the raw emotions you and your wife must be experiencing. Annabelle Bailey and I will have your family in our prayers.

  13. July 3, 2007 1:11 PM

    We’re praying for you, Walter. We’re praying for your family, missions team, and church as well.

  14. The Langdale Family permalink
    July 3, 2007 2:01 PM

    Walter & Kim & Family
    You are in our prayers in Walterboro, SC.

  15. Tessa Meadows Barron permalink
    July 3, 2007 5:38 PM

    Walter and Kim, Jerry and I are praying for you at this time. Our heart goes out to you. Tessa and Jerry

  16. Ashley Smith permalink
    July 3, 2007 6:23 PM

    This is such sad news. My thoughts and my prayers are with the Whetsell family.

  17. July 3, 2007 9:58 PM

    Vee & Jeffrey Sewell

    There are no words. We offer our deepest regrets and sympathy for the devastating tragedy dealt you and your family.

  18. Richard Fish permalink
    July 3, 2007 11:46 PM

    Living on the mission field in Thailand makes this news even more sobering. I will lift you and your family in prayer.

  19. Dennis Waldrop permalink
    July 4, 2007 12:06 AM

    Walter,
    As a father, I can understand the terrible pain that you must feel. Betty and I extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family.

  20. Robyn Taylor Paquette permalink
    July 4, 2007 3:20 AM

    Walter,

    We were heartbroken to hear the news this afternoon. Please know that we are praying for you and your dear wife at this time. Praying that God’s peace that passeth understanding will be shed in your hearts today. What a blessing to know that you will see him again one day! We are here in Aguascalientes, Mexico sharing the gospel so that these precious people can have the same hope you have.

  21. Doug and Rita Washburn permalink
    July 5, 2007 5:35 PM

    Walter and Family,
    We are Iowa Friends of Fritz and Terri, and want you to know how very sorry we are to hear of this tragic happening. Terri said Austin has a very special heart, and we don’t doubt that at all. We just want you to know that we are praying for your families and loved ones to endure this divine appointment from God and trust that HE is holding you ever so close to His heart as you learn to live without Austin.

    Continually in prayer for you this day and the days to come.
    Doug and Rita Washburn
    Baylee and Sage Washburn
    Hornick, Iowa

  22. Randy Saliga permalink
    July 6, 2007 2:10 AM

    My heart goes out to Walter and the Whetsell family.
    You are in our prayers. May The Lord comfort you in the days ahead.- Capt. Randy

  23. KARINA permalink
    July 9, 2007 2:59 PM

    La Iglesia Vida Nueva sigue orando por la familia Whetsell, deseamos que Dios derrame de su Santo Espíritu sobre la familia y amigos cercanos de Austin.
    Dios los bendiga

  24. Thomas Baker and family permalink
    August 15, 2007 10:17 PM

    May God Bless you and your family.
    In Christ’s name.
    Thomas

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