Unknowingly, I think, Jessica has changed a lot of people’s lives through the gift of laughter, positivity, and thirst for life. I have been blessed with Jessica as my friend, “every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God” (Philippians 1:3). Pastor Billy Graham said “someone once observed that we have no control over three days of the week—yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We only have this moment in time to prepare for eternity.” That defines how Jessy lived her life. Come to think of it, she must have prepared all of her treasures in heaven. She always puts others first and you would think she would get burned out. However, the exact opposite occurs…helping people and putting a smile on other peoples’ faces uplifted her and gave her joy.
The kind of joy that is so overwhelming that her very presence brings happiness to any space she occupies. You may remember her laughing with eyes full of uncontainable tears, or perhaps yelling your name in the hallway making you the center of attention, or maybe singing praises to God while leading worship, or maybe at a performance while she was dancing with an unmistakable talent and passion, or at Wiggleworks when she greets your kiddos with a huge smile that tells them she was so happy to see them, and last but not least, maybe it was purely coincidental at the mall or the coffee shop. Wherever your memory of Jessica took you, I can almost guarantee you can hear her laugh and feel her exuberant energy.
I conclude with this, friends of Jessica Sumual (even if you have only met her just once because once is all you need to be called her friend), how can we be there for someone who is no longer with us? Even though death is a natural part of life, no parent can be prepared in burying his or her child. Especially when your daughter is only 28 years old and full of life. I asked myself, how dare I ask for more from you guys? When you have already suffered a great loss. Yet I have the audacity to ask you for money? Please forgive me, but that is exactly what I am asking of you. It is not going to erase the pain from her mom, dad, or older brother Billy. Your gift is simply a gift of peace of mind that comes to the practice and conduct, which follows a loss.
Pray. Share. Give.
On behalf of all of Jessica’s friends, especially Tanya, Echi, and Alda, we want to say thank you for putting Jessica in your thoughts. The funeral is anticipated this coming weekend, once we have a definite time and date we will post it.
- Herry Iflin Darmono
- Jason Green
- Charles Fong
- Hansen Osa and Hendru Sukir
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