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A Lasting Legacy of Love
I CC has lost its founder, Alcyon Fleck, who was also my mother. After a short illness, Alcyon passed to her rest on May 25. We mourn her passing, but we also celebrate her life, for she leaves behind a lasting legacy of love.
I’d like to take a moment to tell you a little about her – and about the role you played in her life.
From her early childhood, Alcyon had an interest in helping orphan children. She eagerly followed the antics of the little cartoon character, Orphan Annie, and this made a deep impression on her. Even at a young age she felt drawn to help orphan children.
In later years, when she and my father, Ken, served as missionaries in Central America, she was keenly aware of the conditions of many orphaned and at-risk children. Her compassion for these children often lead her to provide temporary care for some of the most needy cases. Little did she realize at that time that the Lord was preparing her to help create the ministry of International Children’s Care.
Through the years, Alcyon was a driving force for this ministry. Her foresight and vision helped her create a model of care for orphans that closely resembles a natural family. Her love and compassion for children ran deep, and she was affectionately known as “Mommy Fleck” to hundreds of children. Her care and concern for the children’s well-being motivated her to reach out to caring individuals like you.
Alycon was always amazed at the way you came to the rescue of the ICC children, especially when they needed it most. Actually, you have been a driving force for ICC. Your support, your prayers, your interest encouraged Alcyon, and she never took for granted the important role you have in rescuing and restoring the lives of orphan children.
Alcyon loved the children. And they loved her in return. When news spread around the internet that Alcyon had died, many of the children posted comments on Facebook about what Alcyon meant to them. One boy wrote that he had lost his “angel.” It’s symbolic, for sure, but it tells of the deep love and respect he had for Alcyon. In a sense, you give ICC children the love of angels when you give a gift to the Alcyon Angel Fund.
This fund helps us provide care to a child like Maria who desperately needed a loving home when she had no other place to go. Even though Alcyon has passed away, her legacy of love lives on through this fund that bears her name. Help to rescue and restore a child’s life in her memory by sending a gift today.
It was a little over a year ago that Alcyon wrote what would be her final personal message for the Qué Pasa. It was for the May 2014 edition. It was a fitting final message as you can see from this excerpt:
Dear ICC Family, It has been a long time since I have written a letter to you… Most of you know that I lost Ken, the love of my life, with bone cancer. It has been a challenge to learn how to run my own life without his valuable help. But he fell asleep in Jesus and I know I will see him again on the resurrection morning. I can hardly wait for that day to come.
International Children’s Care is still a priority in my life, and all of these needy children are the objects of my prayers. I thank the Lord every day for our ICC family and your faithful support for our children…
These little children who have come to us to find a home have also learned to know the Jesus who loves them.
We are looking forward to the day when that same Jesus will welcome them to their Heavenly home, and that will be a permanent home.
In closing I just want to thank each of you for your loyal cooperation in helping us care for so many of these precious children whom I know are precious to Jesus too.
With my love to each of you,
While all of us at ICC are saddened by the passing of Alcyon, we are encouraged by the blessed hope we have in Jesus, which she believed in with all her heart—that one day we will be together with our Lord and reunited with all our loved ones in an earth made new.
Thank you for your loving care and concern for our family and the ICC family during this time of loss. Please know that you, too, are leaving a lasting legacy of love through your support.
In Loving Service for His Kids,
International Children's Care is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, USA. We can be reached by phone at 800.422.7729 between 8 am and 5 pm Pacific Time. Our address is: 2711 NE 134th Way, Vancouver, WA. 98986. Our general email address is: email@example.com.
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