Jessie Pease - In Loving Memory
We love a good underdog story don’t we?
I think we love underdogs for a reason that is central to our humanity. As if it were written on our hearts by our creator - a part of who we are.
After all. Humanity itself is quite the underdog story. How did we even make it on this ruthless earth? What about Jesus? The man on whom the entire Christian faith hangs. A baby born to save the world. That should not have worked out - but all the true believers know that it did.
SuNica exists because in the seventh grade a boy named Alan and a girl named Jessie were in the same class. And years later, Jessie would tell Alan to have dinner with her brother, Josh Pease. He'd recently been to Nicaragua a couple of times. Alan felt like God was pushing him to go serve somewhere, but he was clueless as to where.
One piece of pizza with Josh and it was clear that it was Nicaragua. It was always Nicaragua. One thing led to another, and soon Josh and Alan were making their way south. They spent most of 2007 in Nicaragua, became the best of friends and would go on to found SuNica.
Today, SuNica is working to serve more than 1,000 people with a staff of 20 employees — all for the mission of making Disciples of Jesus through clean water, education, and mentorship.
All of this because Jessie connected Alan and Josh.
Shortly after Jessie was born in 1980, she was diagnosed with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy (MD). She was underdog with regard to life itself. The doctors gave her 18 years to live. Jessie lived an incredible life and doubled up her prognosis. You could say Jessie passed away on April 29th at 5:45 am, but we'd say she was miraculously healed on that beautiful morning.
She’s running, laughing, and most of all, she’s smiling. Her greatest lament in life was that she couldn’t smile. She so badly wanted to turn up the sides of her mouth to show the affection that she felt for so many of you.
Jessie Pease - You made lots of people smile. And every person who will ever be touched by SuNica’s work will do so because of what the Lord did through you. Because you loved so well, and you made that connection happen.
Your life and your struggle was not in vain - it was so worth it.
“They say of temporal suffering, “No future bliss can make up for it,” not knowing that Heaven, once attained will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory."
- C.S. Lewis