I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
We are so grateful that you chose, not the easy path, but the one that few travel. It has made all the difference for us, our children, and many others. You showed us what it means to live a life full of life. You always believed that this life was worth the struggle, and you were right.
You told us that, after suffering the tragic loss of your father at a young age, you had to find answers. You had to understand why these things happened so often in this broken world. And you gave your life to not only finding the answers for yourself, but helping others to find them too.
The hopeless and meaningless outlook that defined the families we came from for generations was completely broken. You believed we could overcome all of the things that destroy relationships—all the disintegration and dysfunction that plagues families and communities. You once told us that there are no statistics in the Kingdom of God—only overcomers. You were right.
We now live our lives in place where God’s triumphant love reigns , and not statistics— because you believed such a life was possible. Now we are all living for God in the context of this community. Many of us have married and our mother (Ellen) has 36 grandchildren! We are forever grateful for what we have been given through your ministry and example. This life-giving life, built on the love that that is truly stronger than death, will continue on for generations to come through us. We will love and remember you forever.
Love, The Extended Cunningham Family
Stephen & Aurora Alexander
William & Dakotah Cunningham
Andrew & Joella Cunningham
Josh & Amy Haldenstein
Sam & Hadassah Cunningham
Michael & Rebekah Cunningham
Mitchell & Sarah Thompson
Jesse & Ariana Cunningham