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Silva Memorial: Press Coverage and a Faculty Eulogy

1 Comment » Written on April 10th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Faculty, General, Media, Pray For MU, Students

Silva Memorial ProgramGood Shepherd Community Church was packed for Tony Silva and Laura Dyal-Silva's memorial service yesterday. Powerful tributes were paid to both Tony and Laura, and the Gospel was presented clearly and powerfully.

Press Coverage Update

Faculty Eulogy
In closing I have included a eulogy that was shared at the service by Dr. Karl Kutz.

As students come and go each year, they leave a lasting impact upon my life.  I find myself immensely proud of them as I see their interaction in the classroom, witness their passion for God, and hear what they are learning through the struggles of life.  In the process they touch me just as much as I touch them.  Naturally there are some who, for some reason or another, I get to know more closely - and Laura was one of those people.  Although Laura began taking classes at Multnomah only this last Fall, I had the privilege of getting to know her several years ago.

My first encounters with Laura were second-hand . . . through conversations with Bobby.  Bobby was in many of my classes and as we talked after class about theology or life, inevitably he would mention Laura.  From the way that he spoke of her, the way that he honored, loved, and trusted her, I could tell that she was a remarkable young woman.  Her opinions mattered, their purpose was a shared vision, ... she was truly a cherished companion.

When I finally met Laura I could not help but be warmed by her presence.  No one could; her smile was contagious.  It was always such an encouragement to look out into the classroom and see her smile and attentive eyes. Her comments and questions revealed an inquisitive mind and an eagerness to learn.  She was engaging and focused and I know that in study groups with students she kept everyone on task.   I can attest to her delightful, subtle sense of humor and a love for life that thrived on adventure and the discovery of new things.  But by far what stood out the most to me was how I saw her encourage those around her and reach out in a way that reflected genuine interest, patience, and love.  Ministry was not something that Laura did; it was simply an extension of who she was.

As I think of all the things that Laura could yet have done, the lives that she would yet have touched, her tragic death is such a loss.  But I cannot help but be reminded that on this path of life God does not always lead us along through-streets.  He sometimes guides us through dead ends because the journey is often more important than reaching many of our destinations.  And Laura traveled well.  All of us that encountered her along the way have been enriched by having known her and we will all deeply miss her.

Link to original story.

Laura Silva, You Will Be Missed

2 comments Written on April 7th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, General, Media, Students

Sunday, April 5th, 2009
Laura Silva, a Bible College student at Multnomah University passed away. Below is an exerpt from a letter sent to students on Monday, April 6th:img_4144_21

Laura Silva, as well as her brother-in-law, Tony Silva, died yesterday in a tragic climbing accident in the Gorge. Laura is the wife of Bobby Silva, also a student at Multnomah and an IT employee, and together they lived in married student housing. Bobby suffered no injuries in the accident and is currently at home with his family in Gresham.

Read the Full Student Letter

Memorial Service

MU Chapel Cancelled

Since Multnomah's Maundy Thursday Chapel is at the same time as the memorial service, Dr. Lockwood has announced that the chapel is cancelled and that all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend the memorial service in Boring, Oregon instead.

Read the Full Chapel Letter

What You Can Do

  • Pray
    • Pray that this circumstance will bring glory to Jesus Christ.
    • Pray for Laura's husband Bobby Silva who is a recent MU alum and current employee in the IT Department.
    • Pray for the wife and two children of Tony Silva.
    • Pray for the families, friends, and coworkers who love them both.
  • Give
    • A memorial fund has been set up to support Bobby during this time called The Laura Dyal-Silva Memorial Fund
    • Send a message to to receive an auto-reply with further instructions on how to give.
    • Contact their church, Corem Deo Fellowship for anything else.

Media Stories

We are currently working with The Oregonian on a more detailed story surrounding the Silva's.  It sounds like they want to focus on the Christian faith of Laura and Bobby directly. Much of the focus thus far has been on Tony, Bobby's brother because he was a detective with Gresham Police - but his has been one marked by Jesus as well.

We will follow-up with new information as necessary.

Bobby, we are praying and mourning with you, brother.