Trahan, gym recognized
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is appearing in the May 24, 2009 national publication of “tpe” Today’s Pentecostal Evangel and is being reprinted in the Post-Signal with permission from tpe and author John Kennedy.)
Every day when he goes to work, Randy Trahan is reminded that his only son, Seth, died in Iraq in February 2005. He is grateful to keep Seth’s memory alive.
Trahan has been principal of the 290-student Northside Christian School, a ministry of Northside Assembly of God in Crowley, for more than 20 years. Seth attended the church as well as played sports and graduated from the school before being killed as a 20-year-old sergeant with Louisiana’s 256th Brigade Combat Team.
After Seth’s death, churchgoers wanted to give gifts to honor him. Those donations have paid for the $1.2 million Seth Trahan Memorial Gym. A plaque erected inside the finished gymnasium at the beginning of the school year depicts Trahan kneeling in uniform with the caption “He gave his all…We will never forget.”
“The gym is an ongoing memorial to Seth and reminds us of the price of freedom,” says Randy Trahan, who is also associate pastor at the 450-member church.
Northside AG Senior Pastor Loyd Singley says the gym- which seats 736 spectators, has a maple wood floor and features retractable bleachers- is a fitting tribute.
Singley notes how Seth gave $1,000 to the church for a “miracle missions” Sunday right after he went to Iraq.
Randy Trahan and his wife Emma have had repeated opportunities to encourage other parents whose children have died.
“We try to instill hope in the God of all grace and the God of all comfort to those who lost loved ones unexpectedly,” Randy said. “In some ways that helps us; there is a healing that takes place.”