For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
Philippians 1: 21-23
[two_third]Lori Christiansen lived a life dedicated to serving as a strong witness to her faith in Jesus Christ. She fulfilled this in every role: wife, mother, sister, aunt, teacher, Executive Director, advocate and friend. We were blessed at Lutheran Association for Special Education (LASE) to see her “fruitful labor” first hand on a daily basis. She found her passion in the ministry of LASE and lived each day focused on impacting the academic and spiritual lives of children with special needs. Lori handled hundreds of phone calls from desperate parents seeking a Christian school that would welcome their child who “learned differently”. She visited pastors, school principals and teachers to educate and update them on the blessing of having special education programs and teachers in their school community. Lori mentored decades of Christian teachers not only in utilizing the best special education procedures available, but also on the importance of children growing in their faith and knowing Jesus as their personal Savior. Her strong example and words inspired many young students to pursue careers in the field of special education.
Lori developed a strong, faithful faculty and staff who share her commitment to lift up children with special needs and lead them to their full potential and purpose as God’s unique creation. She even touched the lives of Concordia Publishing House employees, where the LASE office is located, with her kindness, generosity and grace. She could be seen sharing stories of faith and trust in God in the hallways and conference rooms at CPH. Lori’s desire, to “depart and be with Christ, for that is far better” is not the end of her story on this side of Heaven. Her impact and legacy will live on and grow through the many people whose lives she influenced. She has taught us well – as Christians, as educators and as friends.
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