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Sierra Shields’ loved ones keep praying, sharing her story


Sierra Shields’ loved ones keep praying, sharing her story (reporting from Rochester Hills, Mich.): Disappearance of 2009 Rochester College graduate remains a mystery.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.“Our sweet Sierra, come home.”

That’s the message on the whiteboard outside Chris Shields II’s office at Rochester College on a recent weekday morning.

The 34-year-old father of three serves as campus minister at the Christian college north of Detroit.

In normal times, Shields comforts and prays with students who experience trauma. Lately, those same young people can’t help wrapping their arms around him.

“It’s been a tremendous thing to watch students try to explore and express faith through this unknown time,” says Shields, who also works part time as the worship minister for the nearby Rochester Church of Christ.

“That’s the thing with most grief situations,” he adds. “Nobody knows what to say. Nobody knows what to do.”

And nobody seems to know what happened to the minister’s sister: Sierra Shields, a 30-year-old New York City flight attendant, disappeared Jan. 14.

This column appears in the March 2016 edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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