Celebrating Legacy | Linda
There are two people who have officially been with Many Hands for Haiti at the very beginning of the organization. Two people who have been through every up and down, all the good days and all the bad days. Two people have prayed, cried, rejoiced, and sang songs in the office (okay, maybe just one does that). One typically has been the face of the organization over the past decade, and it has been a humbling honor to play this role. The other demonstrates the organization’s heart, by living a core value of selflessly serving behind the scenes in whatever role is asked. Today, much to her discomfort, I lift up Linda Grandia, who serves behind the scenes with humility, diligence, and faithfulness.
“I’ve trusted Linda explicitly from day one, as I knew her character and her heart for serving.“
Linda and I were the first two board members of Many Hands for Haiti. In fact, we were the only two board members at the start! I can remember our first board meeting, in a Third Church office, and we both looked at each other with the “Are we doing this right?” kind of look. At the end of the meeting, someone needed to handle the accounting responsibilities, as we had a few checks coming to us from time-to-time, so Linda volunteered. If you would have told Linda at that time how many checks and how much money she would process over the next ten years, she would have fallen off her chair in disbelief. We have been incredibly blessed.
Linda and I share a storied history together, as she was one of my mom’s best friends in school and it continues to this day. Linda remembers when I was
Linda and Bygone, Haiti, 2009
As I’ve reflected on the role Linda has played in our organization, the power of the volunteer stood out. Linda came to work
Linda with her husband John
Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of Linda Grandia, who served Many Hands for over ten years with humility, diligence, and faithfulness. Her witness as the first official volunteer started many down a path to follow in her footsteps. I’m thankful for her, as her presence guided the ministry to be love in action in this broken world.
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