Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Today, I found out that a dear friend of mine passed away. Abby-Jill was an AMAZING woman with a faith and a heart to help others that you rarely see. She was always full of energy, enjoying life to the fullest and giving God the glory along the way.

I met Abby-Jill when I went to Park Community Church in Chicago. She was the Missions Director for the church, and lead the very first missions trip I ever took back in 2002. These photos are of Abby in her 2nd home - the Baja of Mexcio and the Foundation For His Ministry.

Then in early 2004, I got to travel half-way around the world with Abby on a missions trip to India with the Gospel Association of India.

Here's Abby-Jill with a friend she made in India who told us his name was George Bush :)

It was later that year that Abby took a full-time position with the Foundation For His Ministry, and moved away from Chicago. Her friends & family threw her the BIGGEST going away party. In true Abby fashion, it was a BLAST complete with dancing and singing. This is how I like to think of Abby-Jill... dancing up a storm with a huge smile on her face.

It was shortly after she moved to California to work with FFHM that she found out that she had lung cancer that had metastisized all over her body. They told her that she may only have months to live, but she wasn't going down without a fight. For the past 3 years, it has been an honor to follow her on this path and to see her hope, her faith and her sheer determination to hold on as long as she had the strength to share her love with others.

This photo is from a wedding I shot in 2006. It was the last time I saw Abby-Jill and I wish terribly that I'd taken the time to shoot more photos of her, and to talk to her more.

Abby-Jill and I weren't close friends, but she was dear to me and I am grieved at the loss of her. But, I'm not sad for her so much as those she left behind. I know that those who loved her will miss her terribly. But, I am thankful that she had peace in her death, knowing that she would see her Father in heaven. I imagine her up there, basking in the glory of God, dancing, with a huge smile on her face.


  1. Krista --

    you have captured Abby-Jill perfectly -- always happy, always dancing with pure joy in her heart

  2. Photography really does capture the moments in life to remember, doesn't it? Thanks be to God for our hope in heaven, can't wait to meet Abby-Jill there someday.