Sad Update: 11 Year Old Yuxiang Passed Away This Afternoon

Sad Update: 11 Year Old Yuxiang Passed Away This Afternoon

Sad Update: 11 Year Old Yuxiang Passed Away This Afternoon

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She has always been in His arms. Now she can see the One who is holding her.

Our hearts broke as we heard the news today.

Our local missionary left us a tearful voice message, “This afternoon, a few minutes past 3:pm, Yuxiang left us.”

Cradling my phone against my ear long after the message had played, I stood there shocked and silent. My heart sunk. “Poor little princess,” I thought, then tears streamed down my cheeks.

I replied to our local missionary’s voice message with one of my own. My voice crackled as I asked if she had an opportunity to meet Jesus.

“Before she died, she met God!” our local missionary replied. “Now she is in a much better place, being cradled in the arms of Jesus.”

A few days ago, 11 year old Yuxiang had been diagnosed with comprehensive meningitis. Her life was in danger, and our team from The Edge outreach center joined together to help provide medical care for this precious little girl from Myanmar. Her father had left her family. Her mother had turned to drugs and is now an addict. After taking extreme measures, and driving her 10 hours to a hospital, we believed that she would see a full recovery.

But the disease was much more advanced than we had imagined.


Her sister was with her as she passed. We are happy that she had at least one relative present at her death. Her body is scheduled for cremation, and her sister will carry the ashes back to Myanmar.


Families around The Edge outreach center are clasped in the strong clutches of drug abuse and poverty. There are many more like Yuxiang, but most in an even worse state—unknown, forgotten, hopeless.

We pray that as you read this update, your heart would be moved to pray with us for Yuxiang’s family. Pray comfort and hope. Pray salvation. Pray also for our local missionaries who are under great stress and sorrow at her passing. And pray for the many families who have yet to heart of the gospel of Jesus.

We pray that you would join hearts and hands with us to see the hope of the gospel brought to this dark region of the earth.


So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 5:6-8


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David Joannes

David is the founder of Within Reach Global, Inc. He is a Missional Starter and an Artistic Creative. He is an observer. He is passionate about assembling the many moving parts of life and art to depict unique global stories. David has a heart to be an articulate voice, composing stories of justice and social concern, especially among the poor. Visit David's website at

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