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Sunday, December 2, 2012
A Tribute to the Late Sandra McLeod Humphrey – The 26th Person Who Made a Difference
Founder of the John 3:16 Marketing Network
This week has been a difficult one for the John
3:16 Marketing Network family. We lost one of our own, Sandra Humphrey, and her
dear husband, Brian, who died in a tragic house fire. Sandra helped many
authors in the network—through her heart-felt encouragement, her sacrificial involvement with all of us, as well as sharing her beautiful
When Sandra applied to the John 3:16 Marketing Network,
I went to her website, as I do with all prospective members. Her love for children
struck me—the website colors were kid-friendly, and her encouraging messages to young people excited me that she wanted to join our group. Shortly afterwards,
when she discovered I was a homeschooling mom, she sent me a copy of her book,They Stood ALONE, 25 Men and Women WHO MADE a DIFFERENCE.
When the book arrived, I found the following words
Sandra penned to my two daughters on the front page: “To Manisha Hope and Joylin, May you always follow your hearts and
never give up your dreams! With Much Love, Sandra McLeod Humphrey.”
Sandra commented on the piece that she and her
husband had adopted a five-year-old little Korean girl many years ago, after “she
had been found wandering the streets chewing on stones when someone from the
orphanage found her.”
More recently, I just released a YA novel, Seventh Dimension – The Door, and someone
emailed me that I should see if Sandy would write a review for me. I contacted Sandy
and she responded she would be more than happy to. I added her name to my “to
do” list to send her a copy of my book. Before I had a chance, Sandra bought my
book and posted a beautiful review on Amazon—just a few days before the tragic accident—and
then emailed me that Amazon sent her a note that someone found her review
As busy as she was, she always had time to do the small things that
made you feel like you mattered to her, that she cared about you. Little did I know,
three days later she wouldn’t be with us any longer.
Tears fill my eyes as I think about how much her
family must be grieving at their tragic loss, especially the day after
Thanksgiving and right before Christmas. How great must be their sorrow, as
well as all of those whose lives she and her husband touched. The newspaper
article made numerous references to Sandy and her husband’s unwavering faith in
Jesus Christ, their love of family, their commitment to church, and their
outreach into the community – even helping the animals at the local humane
Because we are a closed group to the public, I
wanted to share a few comments by others in the John 3:16 Marketing Network and
what she meant to them—what she meant to so many authors.
Please read the comments below and be blessed! If
you would like to do something in memory of Sandy and Brian Humphrey, the
family has asked that memorials be sent to the local human society en lieu of
flowers: Hennepin County
Animal Humane Society. Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411
I am so shocked and sad to hear this. Sandra became a friend
who helped me above and beyond with my launch. She was kind and caring. She
pulled back after her launch to make preparations to downsize and move house. This
Rich will be her reward for their tender loving hearts.
Oh my! how tragic. My prayers and condolences to the family. This
is a tough one. May the God of all comfort, be with [the family] at this
I am in shock. I follow Sandra and received all her Facebook updates
with regard to her love of animals so I was stunned to read here that she had
passed away. I just went to the Mpls. Star Tribune and found this article. http://www.startribune.com/local/west/180687261.html
This is surreal. I had no idea Sandra lived about seven miles from me. She
lived in Minnetonka and I live just a couple miles from Minnetonka.
a wonderful lovely tribute. God bless this family. I will pray.
This is shocking, sad and a reminder of how we should all live our
lives. What a legacy!!
My heart is broken. Sandy reached out to me as I am still a newbie to
this group. She read my blog posts, commented and encouraged me. I helped with
her last launch, and to be perfectly honest, I was concerned when I did not
hear anything at all from her during my launch. Not that she had to
reciprocate, but I just knew that she would have encouraged me in some way. I
write this with a much-saddened heart. My prayers are with the family and as
difficult a pill as this is to swallow, I know they are at peace.
D. Washington Jones
My heart goes
out to the family of this wonderful couple. Their sudden death will leave a
large hole in their [family’s] lives.
Barbara Ann Derksen
I worked last night so I'm just now responding to this tragic
news. I am a bit overwhelmed with this news of Sandy and her husband. A young
man that my family knows recently died in a terrible accident. He also was a
wonderful, dedicated Christian husband and father. These are such abrupt reminders
of the frailty of life and that God holds the numbers of our days in His hands.
I stare at Sandy's book that I recently purchased, I'm reflecting on the
subtitle: "25 Men and women Who Made a Difference." There should be a
chapter in that book for Sandy herself as she has made such a difference in so
many lives. I will miss her and be in prayer for her family.
My prayers go out to her family. So sad. Life is so fragile.
Holding the family close in heartfelt prayer and love...No words
for such tragedy.
I never knew
Sandy, or had the chance to talk with her. But, my heart breaks for her family.
I lost both of my parents several years back so I can relate to her children,
and I know exactly how they are feeling dealing with the sudden deaths of their
parents…please let me know if there is anything I can do. I would love to send
out as many copies of my book to the family - however many they need. Please
just let me know.
With a heavy
Oh my goodness,
I so enjoyed
Sandra, and as someone else mentioned earlier, she was a great encourager.
She will be
Praying for the
family - as well as the John 3:16 Family - for the loss of a great friend.
What a great
loss for the Humphrey family and all who knew this precious couple. We mourn
with you and pray God's boundless peace and comfort over you all. What a
beautiful tribute to two parents who modeled Christ with their actions, words,
and giving of themselves. They leave behind such a powerful legacy and precious
memories for all who knew and loved them. May God multiply their outreach -
even from their heavenly abode and touch many lives for Him.
Our prayers and
condolences are offered to their children and grandchildren with greatest
sincerity and sadness...
Knowing the shock
of losing a loved one suddenly and tragically, I know how meaningful it was for
folks to write of their experiences with my son.
warmed my heart.
An idea: How
about those of us who had encounters with sweet Sandy, jot what those were and
mail them to the family/children?
She was such a
beautiful encourager and from heaven, she might want that to continue.
I tried to
navigate to catch the details of the article, but cannot. Sigh! So I wasn’t
able to find the address or details.
Can someone be an
angel and send me the address? I’ll be sending the family my book as well. But
I will wait a little while until the shock subsides.
Sandra was a
good sister and friend of mine, always with her support through the emails that
I received from her, sharing and posting my promotions. I was [a] partner in
her last book launch promotion. I'm very sad, but my bad English doesn't reach
to express it.
We request that
the Lord accompany their family in all [ways].
This is so
devastating! Sandra helped me recently with my book launch. She was such a
lovely lady. How do we contact her children?
Laura J. Davis
So sad! Our
hearts and prayers go out to the family.
So sad. My prayers are with
the family. I am truly inspired to give more. Thankful to the family for
sharing their story.
I'm so saddened
to hear about this. What terrible timing to have this happen right before the
holidays. Praying for the family to be comforted. It's at least comforting to
know that Sandy and Brian will be spending their holiday in the presence of the
One whom they faithfully served.
When my new blog at Broken Psalms launched, Sandy was quick to post an
encouraging comment. I appreciated the love in her heart that came through
in every email message she sent me.
Alice J. Wisler
I was shocked and so sad to hear about Sandy
and her husband's tragic passing. Sandy was also giving and helping promote
others above herself. A great example to us all!
I was so sorry
to hear about Sandra. We were working on a project together and she was such an
encourager to me. She will be sorely missed in this world.
I didn’t meet Sandra in person, but we developed a friendship through
email. She was a supportive person. I didn’t know how strong of a connection we
had until I heard of her death. It hit me hard. One side of me was extremely
sad, but the other side was rejoicing knowing she was in heaven.
knew Sandy through the John 3:16 Network, and was sad that her
suggestion "I've been thinking it would be cool to share a blog with
several other authors who write character education kinds of books for kids--is
this something you might be interested in?" was never realized. I only
knew her though our correspondence, but I considered her a friend, and am
keeping both of them in my prayers. My condolences to the family...
Sherrill S. Cannon
So sorry for the
shock of the loss of both of your parents. You all are in my prayers as you
both grieve and give thanks for the wonderful legacy they have left you. I had
only begun to get to know Sandra through the John 316 Network. I appreciated
and share her passion for the children. I’m praying the Lord strengthen you in
your inner being and comfort you and walk with you through the grief.
Blessings, Carol Brown
God gained two amazing saints when He brought Sandy
and Brian Humphrey home to glory – riding on the wings of an angel. I can’t
wait to meet this couple in heaven. They bask now in the presence of Jesus—and
I pray we all remember the great love Sandy shared with everyone. May we follow
her Godly example. Sandy wrote the book They
Stood Alone! 25 Men and Women WHO MADE a DIFFERENCE, and I declare Sandy
the 26th person WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE.
and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformedabout
those who sleep in death,so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have
no hope.14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again,and so
we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.15 According
to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until
the coming of the Lord,will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.16 For the
Lord himself will come down from heaven,with a
loud command, with the voice of the archangeland
with the trumpet call of God,and the dead in Christ will rise first.17 After
that, we who are still alive and are leftwill be
caught up together with them in the cloudsto meet
the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lordforever.18 Therefore
encourage one anotherwith these words.”