Allison Sullivan will begin as Charity’s Preschool Ministry Director in July. When Alli is not at church she loves being with her family; husband, Johnny and three darling daughters, Eloise, 6-years-old; Aliza, 3-years-old and Darla, 1-year-old. As a family, Friday night is movie night, but there’s also hanging out in the backyard or camping in the summer.
Her go-to Bible verse is Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” Alli’s favorite hymn is “How Great Thou Art,” and a couple of new favorites are “No Longer Slaves,” by Jonathan David and Melissa Helser and “Hills and Valleys,” by Tauren Wells. Jesus walking on water is her favorite Bible story. “Peter gets out of the boat to walk towards Jesus but starts to sink because he is afraid. It reminds me of myself when I let fear bring me down. I love that Peter cries out to Jesus to save him and immediately Jesus reaches out His hand to grab Peter. Because even when we doubt and let fear overcome us, He still won’t let us sink. And then he says to Peter, ‘you of little faith, why did you doubt.’ ”
As she was walking through a difficult situation in my life, she kept asking God to change the circumstances of her life. “There were so many challenges that I wasn’t able to see beyond them,” she said. Alli was driving out to a friend’s house one day and saw an eagle soaring in the sky right in front of my car. “It was a peaceful moment, and it reminded me that God is so good,” Alli said.
About a week later Pastor Scott preached his sermon and mentioned the eagle and what it does when a storm comes. An eagle will spread its wings out during a storm and let the wind lift itself above the storm.
“I was reminded of the eagle I saw and felt that God was telling me to stop fighting the storm I was going through,” she said. “But to be still and let the winds of my storm lift me higher. God didn’t change my circumstances. Instead, he changed my heart and my view on things. Best of all he gave me peace while the storm was still stirring below me. ‘But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31’ “