It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Tim Parker. Tim went to be with the Lord on Thursday February 14th from a heart attack. He left behind his wife, Melissa, and three children: Chelsie, Tyler, and Jamesley. Jamesley’s adoption is still in the process of being finalized.
Tim will be greatly missed. There are some people who are bigger than life and Tim was one of those people. He had a HUGE heart for everyone in Haiti but especially for the children. Tim would not want everyone to think of him as a “perfect” man but he was sincere and honest and told it like it was, whether we wanted to hear the honest truth or not!
We will all miss him and we will never get over him passing so suddenly, but we will get through this because God is our foundation and He will carry us through this time of sorrow. There will be a huge hole here at GLA that we will never fill in quite the same way.
Tim never walked slowly, he ran everywhere he went. He took care of the generators, the children’s homes, the NICU’s physical needs, maintenance of the vehicles, the GLA guest house and hosting teams. He did more than one man usually does!
Tim also took it upon himself to make a beautiful coffin for every NICU baby who did not survive. He wanted the coffins to be perfect. He wanted his hands to carve the coffin to hold their little bodies.
Tim was also fearless. He would climb on the highest peak to install solar systems or swim to the bottom of our cisterns to clean our drains. He was invested in GLA and wanted the best for us.
We are currently trying to get a visa for Jamelsey to travel with Melissa to the U.S. so that they can be with family and friends in Illinois. We will have a memorial service for Tim in Haiti on Thursday, February 21st and then Melissa and Jamesly will travel to Illinois where there will be another service for family and friends.
Tim was more than just a fellow missionary and worker for John and I (Dixie). We have known Tim’s mom and dad for many years. We lived in the same town in Illinois. Then their daughter, Chelsie, and our son, Steeve, married and we became In-laws. Someday our grandchildren will have both of our blood flowing through their veins. We are family.
Please keep the Parker family in your prayers along with their family, friends, & GLA staff.
And Life In Haiti Goes On…