It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of our dear friend Amanda Longe Asque: alumna extraordinaire, Company of Grace awardee, former Board member, and one of ISP’s greatest ambassadors. Amanda received a double lung transplant in 2020 after a difficult battle with COVID. Last year, she was well enough to return to her role as Executive Director of Harmony, Hope, and Healing, but health challenges continued to plague her and she went home to God on December 15, 2022.
Amanda was full of energy, life, and the Spirit, which she generously shared with all she encountered. Her recovery story was core to her life and work. Amanda was an integral member of the ISP Chicago women’s team, witnessing and facilitating over two dozen overnight retreats, plus countless one-day retreats in partnership with Harmony, Hope, & Healing. Amanda was also a key member of our wider ISP Network community: during many years of expansion and growth, she traveled with staff to launch programs and provide support to over half of the cities in our Network.
Perhaps you met Amanda at a Network Leadership Conference in Chicago, or she came to your city to help lead a retreat. Maybe you’ve read her Impact Story, or were blown away by her contagious enthusiasm when she co-hosted our first virtual Company of Grace in fall of 2020. Wherever you may have encountered her, you had a warm, energetic, loving companion for a time. We are grateful to have had Amanda journey with us for so many years. We are a stronger organization because of her wisdom and leadership. We’ll miss her dearly.
We invite you to share a favorite memory of Amanda with us in the comments below.