Youth Leader. Musician. Missionary. Writer. Team interlínc WriteGroup member. Wife. Mother. Friend.
Cindy Engøy is all that. And more. And now, she’s laughing with Jesus and enjoying Paradise. And I’m weeping. Not for her, but for us — for our loss and because of my own sorrow.
The cancer in her that was discovered just a few months ago finally prevailed over her body, but it couldn’t overcome her spirit. Cindy’s love for others, her willingness to serve, her talent and creativity continue on.
I just wish she didn’t have to go.
My sorrow reminds me of something very important about this Youth Leaders Only thing that I’ve been a part of for so many years: this isn’t a job, or a program, or a product — this is a “family” of likeminded people who care for each other, who celebrates in our creativity together, and who are elbows-deep in youth ministry together.
interlínc isn’t the only “family” that Cindy leaves behind. She has been heavily involved in multi-cultural ministry from her home base in Long Beach, California. She helped to plant Light & Life Church, and then served with the Seventh Street Church. She and her husband formed YesWeServe, a mission organization that works with kids in Ghana, India, and Mexico. (She wrote an article called “My Ghana Girls” less than a year ago in YLO94.) And, Cindy was an accomplished musician who sang jazz vocals and praise music with various bands in southern California. Her musical sensibilities shone through the many music-based Bible studies she wrote for Youth Leaders Only over the years.
I’m going to miss her.
I can hardly wait to play guitar in a band that has her on vocals.
Godspeed, Cindy. I’ll see you again.
-Ken McCoy, interlinc’s Editor
P.S. As I finished writing this article, I looked at the “daily verse” thing that sits on my table. Today’s verse reads:
He heals the heartbroken, and bandages their wounds.
He counts the stars, and assigns each a name.
Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we’ll never comprehend what He knows and does.
(Psalm 147:3-5, The Message paraphrase)
I needed that!