On Tuesday October 11, 2011 Leanne (Chin) was diagnosed with breast cancer. This blog will follow her journey. It will share the peaks and valleys along the way. But it will also serve as a way to communicate prayer requests and praises. Join us as we partner with Chin and fight along side her for she "...can do all things through Christ who strengthens her." Phil. 4:13

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The meaning behind Chin ... There is a Chinese restaurant in the Twin Cities named Leann Chin. While Leanne was attending a basketball camp in middle school, a fellow camper had a bag from the restaurant. This camper made the connection between the name of the restaurant and Leanne's name. And the nickname Chin stuck!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

An update

Well, it has been 5 weeks. 5 weeks since we were exposed to a pain so deep we didn't know it even existed. 5 weeks that have flown by and yet at the same time, have been the longest 5 weeks of our lives. 5 weeks since we said good bye.

But, 5 weeks of experiencing God's comfort every minute of every day. 5 weeks of laughing and crying as we remember Leanne often. 5 weeks of seeing the AMAZING ways Leanne was touching lives and sharing God's hope with those around her.

I can't wait to share those stories with you soon!

But for now, I want to let you all know that we are doing ok. To quote a message I recently listened to "We are sorrowful, but not driven to despair." Sorrowful doesn't even seem to explain the level of sadness we feel. But even in that sorrow, we are not driven to despair because of Jesus. We have life in Him and hope in our future with Him. And I can say at least for myself, that is what gets me through those tough moments of sadness. Hope.

If you want to listen to the message, check it out HERE. Next to the title of the message, Opposition, you will see a set of headphones or a video camera. Click on either depending if you want to watch the message or just listen to the audio.

We would love for you to please keep us in your prayers. Here are some specifics:

  • Consistent, good sleep for Leo 
  • Energy for Ryan
  • God to continue to comfort Ryan, Leo, the White family, and the Miller family
  • God to continue to glorify Himself through Leanne's story
  • Healthy, God honoring grief for all those who lost Leanne
If you ever have any questions about our faith and would like more info, please email us at teamchinny@gmail.com and we would love to talk more.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Music from the Celebration

Several people have asked for the music we had at Leanne's Celebration of Life service. Here they are:

You're Beautiful by Phil Wickham
Build You're Kingdom Here by Rend Collective
10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman
Great I Am by New Life Worship
Desert Song by Hillsong
Alive by Hillsong Young and Free
Wake by Hillsong Young and Free

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

1 hour and 47 minutes

That is how much of your time I am asking for today. I promise it will be well spent!

1 hour and 47 minutes of laughter, tears, and glory given to God for the work He is doing through Leanne's story.

1 hour and 47 minutes of celebrating! Celebrating Leanne's life. Celebrating the end of her pain. Celebrating her unshakable faith. Celebrating her death on earth, but the start of Leanne's eternal life with her Savior, Healer, and Father.

Set aside your nap time. Set aside your to do list. Set aside whatever you have going on. You won't regret it!

Praying you are encouraged to live your life as Leanne did. Fully devoted to glorifying God in all she did.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Stories ...

Over the past two weeks we have heard several stories from you about ways Leanne has touched your life.

We heard from someone Leanne drove to school. She shared how Leanne stood up for her when someone was making fun of her and taught her to have confidence in the choices she was making.

We heard from another young mom with cancer Leanne met at chemo. She shared with us how Leanne's faith inspired her to have hope in Jesus no matter news cancer brings her way.

We heard from students Leanne taught. They shared how she was their favorite teacher and how she blessed their lives.

We have received countless cards with thoughtful messages. Some have brought us to tears.

These stories and messages have encouraged our hearts more than words can say. They have brought a lot of comfort and laughter in the midst of the pain. They help the life and legacy of Leanne live on.

We are asking you to please keep sharing these stories with us!!! Please email them to teamchinny@gmail.com or mail them to:

The White Family
17639 George Moran Dr
Eden Prairie, MN   55347

Once again, if you ever have any questions about our faith and would like more info, please email us at teamchinny@gmail.com and we would love to talk more.