Kindall Sunshine Hayes
Kindall Sunshine Hayes spent the majority of her life chiefly concerned about herself. As the youngest of four children, she struggled with self-absorption and all of the ills that come with it: fear, perfectionism, neediness, and pride. She often found her family telling her that she should be more considerate of others, or that every situation was not about her. It was only after getting married and moving to the other side of the world that Kindall came face to face with her own insecurities and the damage it did to herself and others.For the two years that she accompanied her husband on a diplomatic assignment to Bangladesh, she remained silent about her new experiences living as an expat and visiting more than 20 different countries. She abandoned writing, journaling and all forms of social media, relying on her husband and friends to keep her family informed on her wellbeing. Living abroad and in a different time zone made her feel entitled to personal privacy.In her last few months in South Asia, after growing in her job, as a helpmate, and a world traveler, God convicted her to come out of silence with this scripture: “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God…”Matthew 5:14-16 MSG.
Through this personal account and with God’s power, Kindall will attempt to do something that all youngest children hate to do: share.