The funniest thing about writing how great she is, is that I didn't even like her for a long time. But God put us on a trip to Haiti together and our names close in the alphabet and I had to sit next to her BOTH ways on the trip, ALL THE FLIGHTS! I even gave up my window seat since she had the middle. Now people, you know me, that's love and sacrifice.
I've seen Rachel grow so much and she's seen the same in me. I've been thankful to fly half way across the country with her on vacation and mission trips, we've driven to see friends we love. We've laughed (A LOT - not that many people see the real me, but Rachel has and does because I can trust her with my heart) and we've cried!
This is what I wrote about her (below) and there is so much more I could say. She's passionate and crazy and loves well. She's my kind of people. When you have the opportunity to speak highly about people, do it. And tell them too, life is to short and we need to make sure the people we love know it, and know what greatness we see in them. Loveyou Rachel.
I met Rachel Marple in 2011 as part of the Metro South Youth Ministry, Alive. Rachel was a leader and I was the Youth Staff Admin. Rachel lead in many ways from stage production and sound as well as a leader for young girls. Rachel’s leadership allowed the girls to flourish and grow without any abandon. She loved well and the girls blossomed.
As time went on Rachel took on the Treasurer role in an 501c3 named Reach Out LaFond. Their mission is provide education in children’s own community. Rachel worked to get the children of LaFond sponsored so that their educational needs would be met. She’s lead medical mission teams for the people in LaFond. And with Rachel’s leadership they have started a feeding program, not only for the children sponsored by Reach Out Lafond but many children in Lafond.
Rachel has volunteered at My Brother’s Keeper Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Loving and serving the homeless and those who need a meal. Rachel’s joy and love are infectious, she makes each person she encounters feel loved and important, like they truly matter.
Rachel has also volunteered her time and efforts at a volunteer day at Building a Brighter Neinas Park. She helped assemble the garbage can holders as part of a huge community effort.
The greatest thing about Rachel is not what she does but who she is. She’s encouraging and zealous, she’s hard working and persevering. For Rachel giving up is never an option and on her journey to success she takes those she loves right along with her.
I can remember Rachel telling me about how excited she was to work on the park project across the street from Nienas Elementry in Detroit. She talked about the children, she talked about the project, and she was so excited to build picnic tables with the students and help them learn real life skills.
Rachel can do a lot of tasks, but the relationships she builds are her greatest accomplishments. The way she loves others and encourages them. She speaks life into each person she meets and they are stronger and better for knowing her.