Pray for the Hunter Family
Dear Northland family,
By now you may have heard that Pastor Joel and Becky's son Isaac Hunter died today. All of us are grieving for the Hunter family, and we will deeply miss Isaac. Words cannot express the sorrow we’re feeling.
We love this family and are so grateful for the impact they have had on each of our lives. I have loved Isaac since he was a child, and I know this ... Isaac loved Jesus. And we are assured of his continuing relationship with Christ now in heaven (Romans 8:38-39).
I know we all want to reach out to the Hunter family, but the way we can love them best at this time is to pray for them and respect their privacy. Right now, would you please pray for them? We will have opportunities in the future to fully express our love and sympathies. Memorial service information will be posted on Northland's website as soon as it’s available.
I love you all,
P.S. There are baskets at the Welcome Desks at each of our sites where you may leave a card or note for the Hunter family. You may also send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Hunter Family,
Having Major Clinical Depression at the very least allows me to identify with all who have wondered into the darkest of places. Medication can mask the effects for a time, but I fear a future when I may not have or no longer respond to treatment. At the lowest points, my thoughts are such that mere words from loved ones cannot penetrate them any more than words could reverse the morphing of sick cancer cells. Describing this disease is like trying to transfer the beauty and majesty of a mountainous landscape by a mere photograph. I tell you this hoping that you realize that no one could have altered the events or randomness of the tragedy that has fallen upon you. Many a cancer patient have prayed that God would allow death to release them from their pain. How can anyone understand that someone walking around performing the minimalist of daily tasks without physical pain can be praying the exact same? Yet upon the death of a cancer patient, part of us are relieved that their pain is no longer gripping them. The other thing that I would like you to know is that I have fallen out of the habit of going to church because it has been too painful to continuously hear about God’s love when I am in so much agony. Isaac’s death has touched my heart so much that I have begun listening to Northland via my laptop. I have started to feel the positive effects again of worshiping with a body of believers and who knows where this will lead. I am thankful and I treasure every positive moment in my life and am thankful of the promise that God will make all things work together for good. I hope with all the prayers and well wishes you have received, you find this one helpful if even in a small way.
Dear Joel and Becky;
Wanted to let you know that you have been in our thoughts and prayers daily throughout this journey. You have shown such grace and dignity that only God can supply.
Please know that we will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers.
We love you and appreciate you very much.
Love in Christ John & Texy Kuhn NSB
Dear Hunter Family…..............................................God Bless Amen
Dear Pastor Joel and Becky,
The service was so filled with God’s love for your amasing son Issac. He was a blessing to so many and now resting with Jesus. You are wonderful parents, grandparents and pastors filled with God’s grace to lead His people. God bless you and your family with season’s of peace and God’s strength. I love you both, Denise Lockwood
Please God, Wrap your arms around the entire Hunter family, & give them the strength they never knew they had. Prayers for you all.
Dear Pastor Joel and Beautiful Wife Becky, It was a shock to our hearts when we learned of the depth of the sadness that was with Issac that helped him make that decision to take his life. Our Prayers and Love go out to his Family, Friends and the Flock of his Congregation that are mourning today! Pastor Joel if their was ever a Christian Leader as yourself that can turn this tragedy into a Positive I believe it is you. Easier said than done but Please God Please with Your Love and The Holy Spirit inspire our Pastor Joel Hunter to rise to the occasion and share with all of us a Spiritual Message that will hopefully help other families and persons that may be suffering from depression or problems that may be overwhelming before another tragedy happens, God knows you can! We love you and will keep you and your Family in our Prayers! Sarah and Son Jeff Kurtz
Pastor Joel, Becky and all of family:
Evelyn and I and our entire family deeply grieves for your loss. No words can we speak will matter, but the prayers we will continue to pray for you and your family and Isaac will be heard by God and we pray He will heal your torn apart hearts. Know that our family loves you and your family and pray God’s blessings over the lives you and Isaac touched. We love you….Scott & Evelyn McCurdy and entire family
Dearest Pastor Joel, Becky, and Hunter family, we grieve with you in your loss, and are praying that our Lord will carry you through this painful time. Lee and Pat Alley
Dear Pastor Joel & Family,
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this tragic time.
Your Shelby classmates,
Tom & Donna Anspach
Pastor Joel and Family,
. . . . . praying and praying and praying for you. We love you.
I too sit in sadness, tears, and most of all prayers for all of the Hunter family. The loss of a child, a father, a husband, a friend is beyond the realm of pain and sorrow. I am fervently praying for all of you, that God help you through this very difficult time and carry you all as you endure this loss. Gods Blessings
Dear Pastor Hunter & family,
I try to find words, but all I find is tears and prayers desperately seeking God’s strength and comfort for your family. The evil one is working hard to bring hopelessness to your family and our church family, but he will not win as long as we continue to seek God, fast and pray.
Sympathy, love & prayers to the Hunter family,
Dear Pastor Hunter, Becky and Family,
Please accept our deepest condolences. We have loved and cherished you and your family since we started attending Northland in 2006. We weep with you and your family during this very difficult time and pray for God’s love and grace to comfort you.
With Deepest Sympathy and Love,
Ismael, Anita, Chris and Stephan Rosario
Dear Hunter family,
I am deeply touched by this tragedy. Know that I am praying for your comfort everyday and throughout the day. The devil is trying hard to bring you down as Dr Hunter you are doing GREAT things for the Kingdom of God.
Joel, Becky, and boys,
I am so sorry for your loss. Isaac will forever be remembered as the bright, gifted young man that he was. My condolences to each of you at this most difficult time. My prayers, thoughts and all of my love are with each of you and his children as well. Love you all!
Linda L. Pierce
Dear Pastor Joel, dear Becky:
I have felt pretty sick since I heard, can’t think of much else, and I am very, very sad for you. I am very sad for all that Isaac went through. I am fervently praying for your family; I love you all so much! Jesus saved Isaac a long time ago, Isaac is with Jesus. I pray in His name for God to comfort you, what for man is impossible…for God all things are possible. Amen.
Words cannot really express the deep sorrow on your loss of Isaac. We are saddened and are praying for your comfort at this time. May God wrap His everlasting arms around you, your family, the extended church families and all who knew and loved Isaac. We hope you find comfort in the many people who surround you personally, prayerfully and thoughtfully in this time of need.
Praying God’s peace for the Hunter family. May God lift you over your grieve until you can stand it. I love you, Joel and Becky… SusieDavis
I MY SELF RECENTLY LOST MY 13 YEAR OLD SON TO A TRAGIC ACCIDENT I CAN COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THE PAIN THE HUNTER FAMILY IS UNDER GOING FROM MY FAMILY TO THE HUNTER FAMILY WE ARE DEEPLY SORRY I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THE FAMILY.
Prayers to the whole Hunter family. We love you and cry with you at this painful time. May God give you strength and may Isaac find peace in the arms of Jesus.
So sorry to hear of your loss. We are praying that somehow you can find comfort through the Holy Spirit. It is comforting to many, we are sure, that bible says your son is with Jesus right now. We feel many didn’t know of this meaning in the Bible in Romans and decided to try to bear their seemingly unbearable demons. Knowing this is an option, although it will hurt many, can relieve one’s pain and suffering without losing heaven. Thank you for the clarification. We cannot imagine the pain you are feeling here on earth. One day you will be reunited as a family.
I’m comforted by the outpouring of love and support for Pastor Joel and family - lots more on the Northland Facebook page. I found an eCard that perfectly expressed my sentiments, and I’m sure, those of many.
“It’s never easy for those left behind,
But when you lose someone so senselessly and unexpectedly,
We all feel the shock.
May it help to know how many people share your sorrow, and stand with you in your time of need.”
We love you, Joel and Becky.
Pastor Joel and Becky,
My heart hurts and grieves deeply for your family and all the people who loved Isaac. When my dear father took his life I was so devastated, and then Pastor Joel you talked about how God knows our hearts and how the depth of sorrow can cause one to take his own life and at that moment they just aren’t themselves, they don’t have the power to reach out to the one that can save them. If they called on God he would deliver but they don’t feel they deserve that or maybe don’t know it. If we didn’t love an all forgiving God it would be hard to reconcile this decision, but he knows the heart of man. Your son rests in the arms of his savior and is now at peace for eternity. I didn’t know him personally, my brother did, but I know that many people have been touched by his ministry and his life.
Dear Dr. Hunter, Becky and family,
Our hearts are broken for you all. You are in our prayers. We are praying that God will comfort you and give you some measure of peace and rest during this very sad time. We love you.
We are so saddened for you during this ineffable season of your lives. The anguish of having a child who deeply suffers in life is an experience that can render one feeling frightened and isolated. Rest assured that you are not alone; rather, you are surrounded by love and support from far and wide. May you know God’s love as He carries you through your grief and welcomes Isaac home. God rest his soul.
With love and prayer,
Frank and Debbie Casillo and family
I am so very, very sorry for the loss of your son. I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling. Praying for God to comfort you and yours during this time. Stay strong, God bless you and know that there are people who care, love you and are praying for you and your family.
Elmvale, Ontario, Canada
were so upset we felt very close to Isaac remember when Isaac use to preach on wednesey him and rhonda were married on our anniversary jhunters we love you very much .
Dear Dr. Hunter, Becky and Hunter family,
Please accept my deepest condolences. Praying that Jesus has His arms tightly wrapped around you and your entire family, today, tomorrow and always.
Dear Pastor Joel & Becky,
I am so very sorry. Have no doubt that your fellow soldiers will continue this fight in honor of Isaac to draw closer to HIm and fearlessly love others and proclaim the Gospel just as we have been taught. May the Spirit of our loving and faithful Father comfort and heal your broken hearts.
Dear Pastor Hunter and Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences. The pain and agony your family is going through is unimaginable and immeasurable. I will be praying for you and your family for comfort and lifting in the Holy Spirit. Please know you and your family are deeply loved and appreciated and we stand by you as your family in Christ!!!
Gia R. Sanchez
Dear Joel, Becky and family,
Words are inadequate to express our sorrow for your loss of Isaac. You are all in our thoughts and prayers and may the love of God, your family and church family comfort you at this most difficult and sad time.
With deepest sympathy,
George and Cheryl Pouliot
Dearest Pastor Joel, Becky and family,
Our hearts are broken over this news. Dad and I were crying as we heard what had happened to your dear son Isaac. Words seem so inadequate at a time like this, but GODS Grace is sufficient for thee, and I know He is lifting you and your precious family up giving you strength, endurance, and His unconditional love. May His love surround you and Isaacs children at such a time as this and give them comfort. We may not understand Gods ways, but we do know that GODS word declares, “out of body is in the presence of the Lord”. Isaac, like his name sake is now out of pain and rejoicing with our precious Savior. You, Northland Church, and Summit Church will be in our daily prayers during this time and Gods Love Comforts you all. Love you, Frank and Debbie Santulli
In a time of spiritual apathy God used Isaac and Summit Church to draw me back to the Church. I was simply going through the motions and professing Christianity with my words but falling very short in my actions. Isaac presented scripture in a way that almost always convicted me to grow. Words cannot express how eternally grateful I am for Isaac’s role in re-igniting my fire for God. May God receive him in his gracious and loving arms, granting him the peace that surpasses all understanding. The Hunter family, my brothers and sisters in Christ at Summit and Northland Church are all in my prayers.
Our hearts are breaking for you… tears coming instead of words as we are so saddened. So we will turn to The Lord in prayer as always for you and your family. Just know we will always be here for you.
Carol & Kent Wilkins
May God be with you during this time of mourning. We are praying for your family.
Safe in the arms of Jesus, Safe on His gentle breast, Safe from the world’s temptations,
Sin cannot harm him there. Free from the blight of sorrow. Free from his doubts and sorrows. There by His love overshadowed. Sweetly his soul shall rest. (words by Franny Crosby ).
Our hearts are aching with you and our prayers are surrounding you!
Neal and Carol Raetz
love and prayers are with you all. may Gods comfort and peace be with you at this difficult time.
Pastor Joel, Becky and Hunter family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time in your life. Please know that Isaac is in Heaven and sitting at the feet of our Lord and Savior. He will be missed by all. Jehovah Shammah be with you.
Jeff and Marie Crowson
I am praying so sorry for your loss wow this hurts me as well he is a great man he will be missed. I pray for strength for all the Hunter family and the whole Northland church in this saddened time. I am loss for words I known him what a great man a Godly man R.I.P Isaac Hunter.Thanks Dawn Braverman
And the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
(Ecclesiastes 12:7, NIV)
There’s so much I want to say, but the words will never be enough. I am sorry for your loss Dr. Hunter, my condolences, prayers, and tears are for you and with you all. Chris
Along with many members of Northland Body of Christ who have moved throughout the world, I am praying for the Hunter family as well Northland and Summit as you grieve and allow God to pour out his love, mercy and grace upon each of you. Thanks be to God for this dear family, I will rejoice in Him.
All my diligent prayers go out to Pastor Joel and his family.
For the entire Hunter family. We’re praying for you during this terribly difficult time. Our hearts go out to all of you.
Our prayers go out to the Hunter family! Our deepest sympathies.
Dr. Joel Hunter & family, our hearts are so heavy as we hear of your loss. We have been inspired by your family since our boys were very young. Over 20 yrs now! We have faith you will be lifted by the power of prayer from your Northland family.
The Buteau family
Pastor Joel and Becky,
Our prayers go out to you and your family. Please know that you are deeply loved and cherished. We stand with you. I am so sorry for your loss.
May you feel God’s comfort and love during this heartbreaking time. Your family is in my prayers.
My deepest sympathies to Pastor Joel and Becky. I am praying for His comfort for the Hunter family and also for the Northland and Summit church families.
I am so sad to hear about Isaac. Know that I am thinking about and praying you Pastor Joel, Becky, Rhonda and the three children. May you experience God’s presence, strength, peace and grace each day in this difficult season of your lives.
Our hearts ache for the entire family. We are praying for you and love you.
The Clark Family
My heart breaks for you with such a heavy weight. May God lift this from you. I and my co-workers are praying for you. God bless and strengthen your family. May God speak to you and grant you peace. You are LOVED LOVED LOVED !!!!
Dr. Hunter you and your family are in our hearts and in our prayers tonight. We love you. - The Kallner Family.
May God give you both strength at this time! Having just lost my father in Nov. I know how hard it will be to even think about the holidays! God will sustain us in our time of grief and hold us up! We are so fortunate to have a God who loves us through all of our troubled times! Much love and prayers coming your way!
My prayers are with the Pastor Joel & Mrs. Becky for their loss and that the Lord will comfort them through this devastating time
Dear Pastor Joel, Becky, and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Isaac—Our hearts break for you. We pray for strength and peace for all of you and that God’s love will make your grief bearable. Let your memories of Isaac guide you through this sad time.
The Guglielmello Family
Pastor Joel and Becky,
I pray for you and your family. How is wish I could personally be there with you to offer a hug, shoulder, an ear or prayer. GOD is mighty and his grace is stronger now.
My family and I are praying for you.
We love you.
God, you are all knowing. You are the only one who knows the needs of the Hunter family. Please take each of them into your arms and help them through this difficult time. Bless them wit your love Oh Lord.
This is a sad day. My heart and prayers go out to you Pastor Joel, Becky and your family. Words cannot express how deeply I’m saddened by your loss of a beautiful son who loved Christ and is now welcomed into HIS arms forever in HIS abiding love…
Our hearts are sad for your loss and heaven’s gain of Isaac, your precious son. May the God of All Comfort bring comfort to you all these days. May your peace and hope stay in the Lord who knows all. John and Karen
We love you and are praying for you guys during this difficult time. Deb, Shelly and I and so many of our friends and family have been so touched by your family and ministry over the last two decades and we just pray for you for strength and comfort.
My deepest sympathy to Joel and Becky and their entire family. Words just cannot truly express how deeply your loss is felt by your entire church family.
Dear Pastor Joel and Becky and family, Our hearts our broken for you in the loss of your precious son Issac. There are no words except to surround you with our love and prayers. Hugs to each of you. The La Forest Family
My dear, dear friends Vernon, Joel, Becky and more-you feel like extended family to me after these twenty years. My heart is breaking for you and with you. In my speechless I can only pray for you and your entire family. It doesn’t feel like enough, but it is what I can do. The Lord surely cradles you this night.
Dear Joel and Becky,
Lynn and I are terribly saddened to learn about Isaac. I hope you can find some comfort in knowing that our entire church family is surrounding you and your entire family in our arms. I know that you take great comfort in knowing that Isaac knew Jesus intimately and that you will all be connected again in Heaven. May God provide you his most abundant blessings at this time. We love you!
Words are inadequate to express the depth of sorrow and anguish. I will hold you all in my heart and prayers.
Dear Joel and Becky
I was saddened to hear of the loss of your son Isaac. I can’t imagine the sorry in your hearts and there is nothing I or anyone else can say to reduce the sorry you feel today. I will pray for you and your family and I know in time the Lord will heal your broken hearts.
Love and Prayers
Just know that your(Northland) family is mourning with you at this very moment. Our understanding of all of this is hard to grip right now, and we may never understand it, but our love for you grows stronger through all of this. We love you all and we know that you feel our love in your spirit, and we pray that will be enough until you feel it soon with our hugs. Julia, Frank and Jocelyn Hill
Dear Joel and Becky
I was saddened to hear of the loss of your son Issac. I can’t imagine the sorry in your hearts and there is nothing I or anyone else can say to reduce the sorry you feel today. I will pray for you and your family and I know in time the Lord will heal your broken hearts.
Love and Prayers
Love to you Pastor Joel and Becky!! xoxo
Dear Joel, Becky, Josh, Joel and family, I am filled with overwhelming sadness about the loss Isaac and send my thoughts and prayers. I pray that God surrounds you all with His comfort, love, peace and strengh during this very difficult time.
We are so sad about your loss of Issac. Please know that we are praying for you and your family at this most difficult time.
Dear Joel and Becky, All of our thoughts and prayers from the whole Hunter family are with you at this time. We love you. “Sallie”
Our whole community is sad to hear about your family’s loss. We are praying for you and know that your faith will bring you through this valley.
former Homeless Services Network Executive Director
Dear Hunter family,
I feel so sorry for your loss. I know the sorrow is world wide and there are many people praying for strength for your family. We love you all so much. We will be here for you. In prayer and faith in our LORD GOD ALMIGHTY may you feel some relief when the time comes.
I love you, Sharon Brooks
God bless you and be with you all. My prayers and love always.
We are so very sorry for your loss. We pray God’s angels will minister especially deeply for the entire family.
Praying for you Pastor “Papa” Joel and Becky. I am so very sorry.
MY HEART ACHES FOR THE HUNTER FAMILY. I WILL PRAY FOR THEM AS THEY GO THROUGH THIS SAD TIME.
I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.
My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to Becky and Joel. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” (Psalms 116:15)
My heartfelt deepest sympathy to all family and friends as well as congregation. Pray tell..I’m so sorry..