Paul's homegoing

440053377_l.jpgMarch 30, 06

My son in law, Paul Jewell, has been fighting cancer for several years. He was sent home from the hospital yesterday afternoon. We set up a hospital bed in our spare bedroom and he and Marlissa spent the night at dad’s house one final time. At 6:15 this morning I went in to relieve my wife and daughter. They had been taking shifts all night trying to make Paul comfortable. As Paul’s dad and I were holding Paul and meeting his needs I was reading Acts 7 out loud. At 7:15, Just as I finished reading, “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” Paul fell asleep for the final time.

He was the perfect man for my only daughter and we will certainly miss him. Their wedding has been played nearly 20 times on America’s Funniest Home Videos. I did the ceremony and had my cell phone ring at the end. It was the Lord calling to say, “what God hath joined together let no man put asunder. Paul, you may kiss your bride.” They had a great marriage and both worked in our ministry here.

It does make me a little jealous that he got to see Jesus first but I’ll get my turn some day. Paul always wanted to use his life to bring others to Jesus. He wanted his death to do the same. If you are not saved, what are you waiting for?

Please keep Marlissa in your prayers. The funeral will be Sunday, April 2, at Marcus Point Baptist Church where Paul and Marlissa sang in the praise team.

Sunday – Marcus Pointe
11:30 – 12:00 Funeral Home Set Up
12:00 – 12:30 Family Viewing
12:30 – 03:00 Friends Viewing
03:00 – 04:00 Funeral

Monday – Tentative
11:00 – Burial at Graveside

If you would like to view Paul and Marlissa’s blog to witness their faith in Christ through this time, you may visit

In lieu of flowers, Marlissa and the family request that you make a donation to the “Adopt A Jewell” fund at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, 6205 N W St, Pensacola, FL 32505. This fund is under the umbrella of Shaohannah’s Hope, an organization that is dedicated to helping prospective adoptive parents overcome the financial barriers associated with adoption.

You can visit the Shaohannah’s Hope web site at

More later, Kent Hovind


  1. jamesandveybe March 30, 2006 11:56 am Reply

    Our love to you, Marlissa, and your family.

    James and Veybe Davis
    Camano Island, WA

  2. Stephen Lawwell March 30, 2006 12:35 pm Reply

    Oh, how jealous I am.

    I Corinthians 13:12 – “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

  3. Dana S. Pennington March 30, 2006 2:30 pm Reply

    Praying with you and for you that His Peace that passes all understanding will keep your hearts and minds.

    We are lifting you and your ministry before the Throne of Grace.

    He Is Our Peace,
    for the Penningtons.

  4. natrob87 March 30, 2006 3:04 pm Reply

    We’ll be praying for you Marlissa. He’s walking on streets of gold now, and seeing things we can’t even “think about thinking about.” God bless you.

  5. RYAN M March 30, 2006 4:13 pm Reply

    “While we rejoice that one we love has gone home to be with our Lord and Savior (and how awesome that is!) It is hard to be left behind.” Our love and prayers are with you all.

    Ryan Moe & Family
    Apple Valley, MN

  6. Verbal March 30, 2006 4:42 pm Reply

    Already???? Well, I never knew Paul but my heart goes out to you Marlissa. However fear not, you have not seen the last of Paul and I would like to meet him when I get to heaven. I’m booking my appointment with God now. Well, this is a great time, being a saved man, we know where he resides at this moment and the Lord could come for us to take us home at anytime, so let us keeping watching for the return of our LORD Jesus Christ. God bless.


  7. Amber March 30, 2006 7:19 pm Reply

    Marlissa and Family,

    I read this verse yesterday and thought of you at the time:
    Psalm 18:30 “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.”
    Your faith and testimony has really been uplifting and amazing to me to see – as I watched you last year and have read your updates. We’re praying for you up here!

    Love and Prayers,
    Amber Wright

  8. Joe9001 March 31, 2006 7:18 am Reply

    And to think that people don’t have the hope of eternal life like we do.

    Praise the name of JESUS!
    Joe & Brenda

  9. A.J. Massar April 1, 2006 4:01 pm Reply

    Dear Marlissa,

    13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others who have no hope.
    14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so will God bring with Him those also who sleep in Jesus.
    15 For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord: that we who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who are asleep.
    16 For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first;
    17 then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so shall we ever be with the Lord.
    18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

    We pray for you and your family,

    Ad Massar, Netherlands

  10. majnewt April 2, 2006 11:12 am Reply

    We are very sorry for your loss; but we rejoice in Paul going home to be with the Lord. We only hope that when our time comes that we will respond with as much faith and grace as all of you. We will keep your family and CSE in our prayers always.

    Grace be with you,
    Joel, Amy,& Myles Newton

  11. chris jason April 3, 2006 6:22 pm Reply

    Dear Marlissa and family,

    Your great loss has got to be very hard,but knowing
    that the Lord Jesus said those words to Paul that we
    all long to hear,”well done my good and faithful
    servant!” fills us with hope and joy.We will continue
    to pray for you and your loved ones.

    Lord Bless

    Chris and Pam Jason

    christian creation association

  12. Randy Smith April 17, 2006 5:02 pm Reply

    Dear Marlissa, and Dr. and Mrs. Hovind,

    I thank God that I had the privilege of meeting Paul in 2001, when I visited you all as we worked on the Japanese video project. I look forward to seeing him when we go Home one day. My mother went to be with Jesus last September, and her loss is still very much felt. But what a joy to know that she, and now Paul, are in the presence of our great Saviour. Heaven has joys in store.

    May God’s daily strength and comfort be very real and present with you every moment. We are praying for you.

    Because of Calvary,
    RandyJoAnne,and family
    The Smiths in Japan

  13. getinformd April 22, 2006 8:10 pm Reply

    I heard that Paul went to be with our Savior just a couple of days ago. To be honest I did not rejoice like others who have written to you, maybe my faith is weak. I do realize that Paul is with the LORD and that is a wonderful thing, but my heart has been brought low and I am grieved for your HUGE loss. Marlissa, I know you know God will bring you through this and He is faithful to not let you be tested beyond what you can handle. I also know there is real loss and heart-ache for you. I just want you to know that I cry with you, I mourn with you, I grieve with you as does our great GOD and Savior JESUS CHRIST and the rest of HIS body.
    I look forward to the day when we will all sing the song of the LAMB and worship HIM together and are united in a real way with our SAVIOR and those who we love!!!
    Your loss is a deep wound to the body of Christ.
    Brad Hughes
    Austin, TX.

  14. repentcanada April 23, 2006 4:46 pm Reply

    God will take care of you sister Marlissa. We are praying for both the Jewell and Hovind families here in Canada.

    Ricky, Tenisha, & Abigail Earle

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