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Prayer service for Ben Larson draws dozens

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Students at Wartburg Theological Seminary held a prayer service Friday morning for Ben Larson, the Iowa man killed in the earthquake.

Larson was a masters in divinity senior at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, and a 2006 graduate of Luther College in Decorah.

Despite the fact that most of the seminary community is away on January term experiences like Larson, many people made the trip back to Dubuque for the prayer service. As a close friend of his put it Thursday. You could hear ben's echoing music down the hall. Friday, stories of ben's life echoed through out the Wartburg chapel.

Words of song and praise reigned through the walls at Wartburg Seminary Friday morning.

"Here we depend a lot on prayer," said Wartburg President, Duane Larson.

Prayer in the form of song, scripture and reflection. Remembering the lives lost in Tuesday's earthquake. And a classmate of their own.

"Ben is such a blessing to this place. It's so clear how he touched everybody," said Larson.

Clear enough to bring dozens of people. In the middle of J-term, traveling from as far as Milwaukee and Cedar Rapids, to honor him. A small sacrifice for a man who gave so much.

"Ben's travels have taken him around the world. He has a deep passion for global ministry to reach people through out the world," said classmate Willie Rosin.

Rosin says he had a unique gift.

"He turned the words that he said into the actions that he did," said Rosin.

And he connected with people through his music. Friday it was music that connected people back to him.

"I'm sorry for the church that we won't be able to experience his ministry," said classmate Erika Uthe.

But classmates say his ministry will live on through others.

"He was, he is, and he will continue to be through death, a powerful ministry," said Craig Brown during the prayer service.

As the music echoes through the chapel, it's strength in this community that will never be forgotten.

"We will be strong, we will be a gather community from all over the world and we will witness in a very particular and compassionate way to what we believe the leadership in god's world outta be about," said Larson.

As for a memorial fund for Ben, President Larson says he will be consulting with his family this weekend. Trying to decide what they want to do. In the meantime, he says Ben would agree, gifts for the people of Haiti are the most important thing.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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