(RNS) — The husband of Christian author Shannon Dingle died in a seaside accident at the North Carolina shorelines last week.
Lee Dingle, 37, turned into playing with his youngsters on Oak Island when a wave hit him so difficult he crashed on the sand, apparently breaking his neck.
Dingle was the husband of Shannon Hope Dingle, a blogger, and activist who has written approximately sexual abuse, the #Churchtoo motion and disability rights.
“My partner, my love, and my domestic died Friday, July 19, after a freak coincidence,” she published to her weblog Monday. I wasn’t supposed to be announcing good-bye at 37. I don’t recognize how to be a grown-up without him, but I’ll research. I simply want I didn’t must.”
The couple met in their overdue young adults and went on to elevate six youngsters, 4 of whom have been adopted, together with a daughter, Zoe, who has cerebral palsy. Her adoption seven years ago from Taiwan changed into documented through the Archibald Project, which uses memories to educate people approximately orphaned and vulnerable kids.
“We are grieved and saddened to percentage the tragic passing of a lovely guy and father,” the Archibald Project posted to Facebook.
The couple followed 3 different kids, siblings, from Uganda.
Lee Dingle became the president of Atlas Engineering in Raleigh, North Carolina, an enterprise that assesses older or damaged homes and designs upkeep and improvements. He earned an undergraduate diploma in civil engineering from North Carolina State University in 2004 and also labored as a collapse rescue engineer with N.C. Emergency Management.
His spouse, Shannon, has written transferring portions about abuse for numerous publications. After Alabama banned abortion for sufferers of rape, she wrote an opinion piece for USA Today, revealing that she had been raped through her father and became pregnant at age 12.
She additionally wrote for RNS about being sexually assaulted by using a 24-12 months-vintage church leader when she became 16, and about a church subculture that permits abuse to maintain.
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In different pieces, she wrote approximately a church pastor who didn’t act whilst she advised him she turned into abused at home. She additionally wrote approximately being instructed by means of church leaders it changed into her responsibility to live in touch along with her abusers, “due to the fact they didn’t recognize God and I was the simplest manner they ever would.”
Despite her abuse, she and her circle of relatives continued to attend church.
“It might make sense for me to have left long ago. But I didn’t, and I haven’t. Why? More than hurt, I even have determined wish and restoration in the church too,” she wrote. “Everything approximately my religion has been messy, however, Jesus had shown up inside the mess even if the church hasn’t.”
A GoFundMe campaign to help pay for Lee Dingle’s funeral charges raised almost $two hundred,000 as of Monday afternoon.