Sunday, April 15, 2007

Lifetime Intimate Portrait ~ Sue Flint


The next special person in my life that I want to introduce you to is Sue Flint. I have known Sue for probably about four years now...and she has been a God-send to my life and to our church. I first met Sue outside the church, actually. She was the boss of one of our members, at a radiology center here in Tampa. When I went to get some x-rays done there, the member of our church (Joel) said, "Hey, I want you to come meet my boss..." So I went with him down to her office, and the rest is history.

Shortly after our meeting at her office, Sue came to a Princess Luncheon outreach at Northside, and we really got connected and pretty soon I asked her to lead one of our affinity groups for hurting women. She's born for this. God has really blessed it. And I'm blessed just having her in my life and on our team. She's someone I just enjoy doing lunch with and dreaming about how we can reach more women in Tampa Bay.


In addition to being on the women's team and leading Aprile's Hope (the affinity group she leads) she is also on our leadership team, and our vision team at the church. Okey dokey, here we go with our interview with Sue Flint:
Where are you originally from?

I was born and raised on Long Island – somehow I lost the accent – I’m so glad because I can’t stand it.
What is one of your fondest childhood memories?

My fondest memories are of my grandmother – She would make me a “coffee” which was mainly milk, sugar and a splash of coffee and serve it to me in a demitasse. We would sit and have our coffee together. She also took me into the city a lot. She would take me to these classy restaurants with white linen tablecloths, waiters in tuxes when I was just a little girl.

Please tell us about your children/home:

I live with my two boys Ben (I still call him Benjamin)12 yrs almost 13 and Dakotah just turned 11. We have several pets – all small including our newest addition a Chinese Water Dragon. We have a busy schedule with school, homework, soccer and of course church but we still try to take time to do things together.

You are a GREAT Mom and I don't know how you handle it all, but you do, and so beautifully. So, how long have you been saved and tell us briefly how that came about...

In 1999, I was going to meetings at the Spring and I met this lady who was on fire for Jesus. I thought she was crazy. She was always telling everyone Jesus loves you and other stuff. The people who ran the meetings couldn’t get her to stop. She kept inviting me to her church. She was always so happy and upbeat and she just kept asking me so I finally said yes. After the first time I went, there was just never any question about what I did on Sunday mornings, I got up and went to church. I was just drawn to it. I think they gave a call for salvation every week but it wasn’t until I had been attending for a while that I remember the pastor asking people to come up and pray. I didn’t understand at the time what I was going up for I just knew I wanted what she said I could have – a relationship with Jesus.

What type of things are you involved in at the church?

I am on the Eagles team which I just love. We help plan and put on women’s functions in the church. I am also the director of a support group called Aprile’s Hope which is for hurting women – women who are or have been involved in domestic violence or any kind of abuse, significant loss or divorce.

What is your greatest passion?

Helping women in pain or going through a difficult time.
How long have you known Deanna?

I’m terrible at remembering how long ago anything happened – I think I first met her four years ago. Joel brought her in to my office to introduce her to me and shortly after, I went to a princess luncheon.

So, why are you still hanging around with her?


Have you ever known someone who is always interesting to be around? That’s PD – whether she is being funny, silly or completely serious she has an intensity about her that draws people to her, me included.

What do you like best about her?

She has the ability to see things (talent, abilities) in others that they are unable to see themselves.

Is there anything she does that completely gets on your nerves?

I can’t imagine her getting on anyone’s nerves :-)

Wow, I'm glad that's in writing...I'll point that out to my family!!! Anything else you want to share? Serious? Funny? Other?

PD has been such a positive influence on my life. She has such confidence in me and encourages me to step out and do things I might not otherwise.
Thanks...you're a gem!

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