I had the privilege of meeting Alyn Shannon about 4 years ago. My friend, Margie Schroeder, invited me to a party showcasing Alyn’s beautiful jewlery. Alyn was an amazing lady. She lit up the room. Her jewelry pointed right to the throne of Christ. Pictured is the necklace I bought the night I met her….”Trust in the Lord with all of your heart” Proverbs 3:5.
Alyn’s words, her heart, and everything about her was pure beauty. Alyn and I talked that night about Healing Haiti and we made a plan to introduce the ministry to our Sunday School kids at St. Michaels. That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship between the children at St. Michaels and the kids in Haiti. They never met in person, but Alyn and Jeff somehow were able to bridge the miles and help the children connect and see each other as friends loving and praying for one another.
Alyn went to be with the Lord about a year and a half ago after a battle with breast cancer. I didn’t get to know Alyn well enough or long enough, but even the little I knew her, I was totally amazed by her LOVE. Her love for the Lord, her love for Jeff, her love for the people of Haiti, really her love for us all.
And now, in 3 months, I have a chance to go to Haiti and see her dream and see the people she loved so dearly. I am amazed at how God works so intimately in our lives. Even though I know I won’t see Alyn there, I know I will feel her there. When I look at pictures from Haiti, her spirit is in every smile I see. Her beauty is in every inch of Grace Village and her warmth can just be felt by the Joy brought to Haiti through the ministry of Healing Haiti. I feel so blessed to go on this mission trip. I will be with my 2 oldest sons, 3 dear friends and their wonderful sons, and our trip leaders are my dear friend Margie Schroeder and the one and only Jeff Gacek. I can’t wait to see what God has in store and I can’t wait to see all that Alyn loved so dearly.
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6. My prayer for the next 3 months is that our team will trust in the Lord and rely on Him and have our eyes open to the path He will take us on.