Pam's Message, Mission, and Spirit Survive

It wasn't possible. It couldn't happen here. Not in our little town. Not to Pam. Not to our newest alumna. It didn't happen at a party -- not at a rowdy joint. It did happen, in fact, just a few blocks from the center of our safe little town.

Pam had just checked out of Mercy Health Center after serving eight hours of nursing duties. She was still excited about her new career. Caring for others was something she had always wanted to do -- this was the answer of years of dreaming and work. Years of education at Southern Nazarene University, many hours of prayers, and days of volunteer work at missions had prepared her for this time.

The tires on her new red Toyota squealed slightly as she turned the corner into the parking lot at her apartment. She couldn't wait to sink her aching feet and tired body into a tub of warm water. This night of swing shift was over. Pam Krohe was excited, happy and bone-tired weary. "Thank you, God, for TODAY," breathed Pam.

"Today" didn't last very much longer for Pam. In fact as the day rolled over to tomorrow, it found the young, eager nurse had been rushed into the arms of the God she served. Three young men wanted her sharp new car and brutally took her life to achieve that goal.

But Pam's mission lives on. Her pioneer spirit spreads!

The memory of Pam Krohe will always remain in Mexico because of the Pamela J. Krohe Church of the Nazarene in Monterrey, where she visited last year. Work on the church began during this year's trip. The building will be completed and dedicated during next year's Commission unto Mexico at the Christmas season.

The missionary president, Judy Nantze, from Calvary Nazarene Church where Krohe attended, started a fund and organized the collection of monies to build the mission church.

Pam's parents, from Caseyville, Ill., plan to attend the dedication ceremony, along with students, alumni and friends of SNU who have journeyed to Mexico during their Christmas vacations for the past five years. There were 240 who went last year.

When the group arrive in Mexico, they will divide into seven smaller groups and go into different Mexican villages and cities. Once there, the groups will help build churches and nursing homes, hold Vacation Bible Schools for children, and provide medical care at four clinic sites.

Pam had a concern for the medical mission emphasis of the Mexico trip. She stressed the need for a medical approach to assisting churches to Howard Culbertson, assistant religion professor at SNU and trip organizer. Leadership from the School of Nursing had already begun planning for the medical emphasis, and other nursing students --which has become a reality. As the Mexico mission trip has expanded, senior nursing students have the option of participating. Over 50 have gone to work in the mission clinics. In addition, five medical doctors and twenty nurses comprise three medical teams. The mexican government allowed them to establish temporary medical clinics in some of the more poverty stricken areas of Monterrey. Over 500 patients have received primary care and medication at the clinics.

Although the pretty face of Pamela Krohe will not be among those returning to Mexico next December, her commitment for the vision will clearly be evident. The sign, The Pamela J. Krohe Church of the Nazarene in Monterrey, will continually send a message to everyone. You cannot destroy a dream that has been undergirded with love, hard work, and God's direction.

Thank you, Pam.

Article originally appeared in "Southern Lights," Spring, 1994. Reprinted in "World Mission" magazine, September, 1994. Used by permission.