Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | November 20, 2011

In Medias Res

Vicki atop Masada in Isreal.

Today the Kingsland family bid farewell to Vicki Hoyle, our Minister to Children. Vicki died after a difficult but courageous battle against cancer. After more than twenty years of faithful service at Kingsland, her absence will be deeply felt by all who knew her and by the many children and families that were the beneficiaries of her wisdom and kindness. Vicki was always forward-looking and so concerned about every aspect of ministry that touched the lives of our children at Kingsland. Every January she and I had preliminary discussions about our upcoming Vacation Bible School and which of our international missions initiatives to children would benefit from our VBS offering. But now, she is with the Lord whom she loved and served and the rest of us are left to carry on and to continue to build on the foundation that she laid.

On October 30, the New York times featured a story entitled, “A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs.” Jobs met his sister Mona Simpson, a writer, later in life. Mona spoke about her famous brother and what his final hours were like. She used a Latin phrase in her eulogy that caught my attention. She said, “We all — in the end — die in medias res. In the middle of a story. Of many stories.” What a simple but profound insight. Mona’s brother was involved in so many things right up until his final days. And then he died in the middle of it all. As the day of his death drew near, Jobs knew that he would not live to see the realization of so many of his incredible dreams. However, he died knowing that others would build on his foundation and continue the story.

As I have reflected on Vicki’s life and ministry over the past few days, I have also thought about Mona Simpson’s insightful words. Vicki too died in the middle of a story — in the middle of a beautiful narrative of loving and investing in the spiritual welfare of the next generation of Christ-followers. And although she will not be here to take part in so many of the activities she enjoyed with the people she loved, Vicki will continue to have a voice in the larger narrative of God’s story. In Psalm 30:9, David complained, “What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?” The good news is that our dust can indeed praise God from the grave and tell the world of His faithfulness. One day, each of us will die in medias res. However, the story does not have to end there. Like our dear friend Vicki, we must determine to live in such a way that when our obituary is written it will declare God’s glory and tell the world of His faithfulness. Because Vicki wrote such a beautiful script while she was alive, her story will continue to encourage and inspire all who hear it.


  1. Well said “O”. Thank you – your words bring comfort and healing. Vicki started a new chapter in her life Thursday evening. Thankful she is safely home walking streets of gold.


  2. Omar, Thank you for paying tribute to Vicki. Vicki’s death, but more important, the way she lived her life has put some things in focus for the way I will live this day!


  3. Thank you for having eyes to see what legacy Mrs. Hoyle will leave. The children her life touched will not be seen by us alone but will go on for generations and places we may never go but the children she touched will!

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