God’s Littlest Angels

Heavy Hearts

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…

12 Comments

  1. Cindy Julius on February 19, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Tim and Melissa were the most gracious hosts when we did our mission trip to Haiti. It is a trip I will forever remember, it was such a Blessing to be able to serve there. Tim one person I will never forget, his rough exterior was nothing to his kind, loving heart. Condolences to Melissa and the family, condolences to GLA for your loss of a GREAT man of God.

  2. Missy Onoh on February 19, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like Tim lived a full filled life and loved others well. My sincere condolences to the family and all who knew him.
    My heart is full of gratitude for all that he has done And for allowing God to use him to love on others in my homeland.
    May His Soul Rest In Peace! Que la terre soit legere! 🕊❤️🙏🏽🇭🇹

  3. Tanya Duerksen on February 19, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    A beautiful tribute to a courageous man. He hosted us so well when we were there and we will be forever grateful to him and Melissa for how they helped us when we were there. He had a personality and spirit that drew you in and made you love him quickly. We are very sorry for everyone’s loss as his life touched so many others.
    Tanya and Everett Duerksen

  4. Tanya Duerksen on February 19, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    A beautiful tribute to a courageous man. He hosted us so well when we were there and we will be forever grateful to him and Melissa for how they helped us. He had a personality and spirit that drew you in and made you love him quickly. We are very sorry for everyone’s loss as his life touched so many others.
    Tanya and Everett Duerksen

  5. Kelly DeBardelaben on February 19, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    (((DIXIE)))

    Though I never got to meet him in person, my life has been greatly influenced by him!!

    The entire family is in my thoughts and prayers!!!

    XOXOXO

    Kelly D

  6. Hal Nungester on February 19, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    So sorry for your loss

  7. Jennie Hilborn on February 19, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Our family met the Parkers when we came to GLA with our church group and stayed at the guest house with them. We were touched by the love this gentle giant had for Haiti and all it’s people, everywhere we went we heard people calling out to “Big Tim” and “Mrs. Tim.” We were welcomed into their home and treated like family. My family has many fond memories of our time in Haiti and we talk of our time at GLA and with Tim and Melissa often.

  8. Jan Sprinkle on February 20, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Father , he is in your presence now! Praying for Melissa and family!

  9. Deb Karsies on February 20, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Praying for Melissa and her family, and the GLA family. My last mission trip to GLA we stayed in the guesthouse with Tim and Melissa, and saw thier love for the Children there.
    Glad for the opportunity of working with such a special man and his wife.

  10. Wanda Mills on February 20, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Oh, I am so sorry for such a tremendous loss. I pray peace and comfort firvall of you. Hugs and prayers.

  11. Mary VanDahm on February 21, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    So very sorry to hear of this great loss. Our prayers are with you and the Parker family.

  12. Manon Kuhn on March 7, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Melissa we think of you in this so very difficult time. All the best and a big hug from the Kuhn familie. Ron, Manon and Eline Kuhn

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