Jody Engel Leaves a Legacy of Peace
Jody Engel, a precious sister in the Lord, left this world for her eternal reward on Friday, December 13, 2013, after waging a courageous and grace-filled battle with brain cancer. Anyone who knew Jody fell in love with her quickly. She loved the Lord deeply and shared her faith with everyone she knew. She was kind and loving, graceful and grace-filled, and gifted in communicating Biblical truth.
Jody died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends. Her only reluctance to going home to the Lord was leaving behind the loves of her life, her husband Don, her sons, Scooter (16) and Gabe (14), her extended family Renee, Barry and Austin Travis, and many friends.
She was a gifted women’s leader, professional counselor – specializing in childhood sexual abuse, and Bible teacher. Jody shared her gifts with Christian Women Connection, a national ministry in the Church of God. She was a conference speaker at national conventions; keynote speaker at regional events; and led a Biblical counseling mission trip for Christian Women Connection to Barbados.
Jody engaged her counseling skills in play therapy with children living in a Romanian orphanage. She traveled with Reach 2 Romania that is based in Fishers, Indiana. Most of the orphans she served were deprived of human touch and nurture.
In 2009, Jody spoke to the directors of the Children of Promise. She educated the leaders about childhood sexual abuse and how they could lovingly help children recover from the devastation of abuse. In June 2013, Jody was able to stand before the Children of Promise directors a second time to share her story. In response, the directors laid hands on her and prayed for her and her family. This became her last ministry experience.
There was a peace about Jody that came from living a life of grace and mercy. Her peace came from a long and deep relationship with Jesus Christ. Jody was uniquely gifted in helping people look at themselves through the eyes of God. She waited patiently for others to embrace and integrate the life-giving message of God.
Jody, Don, Scooter and Gabe were a part of my Anderson (IN) family. One of Jody and Don’s gifts was blessing single women by cherishing and loving them. Our Anderson family includes four couples and six single women. We have laughed, cried, prayed, played, worshipped, and celebrated together. We have been there for one another.
For now, our tears will be present for as long as they need to be. We have lost a dear, dear sister in the Lord. Heaven has gained what we have lost.
Jody enjoyed sharing her favorite Scripture from Zephaniah 3:17 which ends, “He will rejoice over you with singing.” God, indeed, is rejoicing over Jody.
Linda Mason, Assistant Director
Children of Promise