Camp directors in Southern Manitoba are asking people to pray for the family as they mourn the loss of two of their daughters.
Duane and Sylvia Goertzen lost their daughters, 17-year-old Sophie Goertzen and 15-year-old sister Acacia Goerzen, in a tragic collision on Sunday, August 8. Sophie was driving with her sister to their older sister, Isabelle's bridal shower. They never made it there.
St. Pierre RCMP responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 75 and Provincial Road 305. The Winnipeg truck driver was uninjured, however, both Goertzen girls were pronounced dead at the scene.
The two girls leave behind four sisters. All of the Goertzen girls lives revolved around RRBC, near the Manitoba/US border. After the news of Sophie and Acacia, the camp took one day off and cancelled their Monday day camp. By Tuesday they had campers back, as they believe in the power of spreading the gospel at summer camp.
On Thursday, August 12, the girls' father and camp director Duane spoke out on Facebook for the first time since the collision.
"People are asking how to pray. There are many ways. Please pray that they will release their bodies to the funeral home so that we can plan a funeral date. Your prayers are working. Thank you all," he says.
A close friend of the family, Jared Fast, started a GoFundMe page for the family to help with funeral costs. While the initial goal was $15,000, as of August 12, people from all over have donated over $69,000.