Our Friend Sunday

We have a friend named Sunday Ibok. Actually, a lot of people have a friend named Sunday Ibok. Our church has several parishes around Manhattan and Brooklyn, and Sunday is known by people at every one.

He’s someone that you don’t forget easily, and I mean that in the most wonderful terms. He’s stylish, warm, gentle, exuberant, and filled with the love of God.

Last night, I prayed with friends for Sunday because he’s dying in a hospital room in Dallas.

Sunday was visiting friends in Texas over the weekend when he complained of a severe headache. When he couldn’t stand up, 911 was called. Doctors determined he’d had a brain aneurysm, and a series of CAT scans showed massive bleeding and no brain activity. He’s been on life support ever since.

For work, Sunday is a stylist/fashion consultant/brand coordinator-ambassador. This is clear when you behold his unique sense of style in person. Bow ties, blazers, remarkably unbuttoned shirts, shorts that come in a rainbow of colors, boots – and that’s at church. He’s actually agreed to give me a fashion makeover for the blog, possibly his toughest assignment yet. His style is vivacious and inviting, just like the man himself.

Sunday serves as a greeter at church, holding watch on the sidewalk for anyone and everyone arriving. More high-fives, handshakes, and hugs take place here than at any other time or place on the Upper East Side. As the Cool Fam pulls up to the curb, Sunday lends a hand to unload the Cool Boys and our copious baggage.

And we always know when he’s nearby, thanks to the NO-AAAH that he booms when he sees Cool Baby. CB usually shies away, partly because Sunday stands a good 6’2 at least, but on the times that he relents, he’s treated to a higher helicopter ride than I could ever give the kid.

Most of us, whether as friends, spouses, or parents, talk about scheduling “quality time.” It’s not really a talking point for Sunday; he lives it. He spends time with people to simply be with them.

And Sunday loves Jesus.

His medical team doesn’t think he’s going to make it. He’s been declared brain dead, and, in their experience, there’s no coming back. But still we pray, as a family, as a church, as the great swath of humanity that’s been touched by his life. Will you join us to ask God for miraculous healing for Sunday?

By the time you read this, it may be too late to pray for physical healing, but his family and friends will need waves of prayer. Or, by the time you read this, you may have already heard about the biggest miracle to ever come out of Baylor Medical Center.

It’s all in God’s hands, and we are filling His ears with prayer for our friend Sunday.

Here’s a video of Sunday and his closest friends performing a dance at church.

7 notes on “Our Friend Sunday

  1. Jward

    I’m in tears right now because Sunday is an amazing human being to me and my family. He lead my family to the UES to live in community. He also gave me my cool name “Jward” taking the first letter of my first name with the last 4 letters of my middle name. It stuck from the moment he said it! I love it! I love him! I’m afraid, scared, lonely and all the above right now. However Sunday has never displayed any of these emotions to me. He is always so positive and strong. I remember once how he told me that i needed to “work out” so that i could be strong for my little boy when he grew up. Im crying right now because thats what i live by now; what ever Sunday tells me to do i am going to do it! I miss you Sunday, Jward misses you! New York misses you!

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  2. Jim

    I only spoke with Sunday a few times attending UES mass and a few evening group meetings, but from the first time we met, he was and is an inspiration of what life through Christ could be. His passion for life lit up the room. When he speaks with you, it’s all that matters. It’s an experience and not idle conversation. You can be briefly introduced to him, see him at mass a week later, and he will know your name and have a hug for you all the same. God’s light and love shines through Sunday and I pray it will continue to do so.

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  3. Cassie

    Hi, I Stumbled upon this blog when a friend’s Facebook page said that she was praying for Sunday. I don’t know him personally however, It seems that he and I both went to the same college and he’s in Dallas which is where I live. If there’s anything I can do for you guys or for your church just let me know please contact me by my e-mail I’ll definitely be praying for him but if you guys need a hospital visit or just contact here in Dallas please let me know. I’m also not sure if anyone from ACU has been contacted but I would assume that they have been, that way there’s more people praying for him.

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  4. Terrell McQueen

    … just saw this and it saddens my heart… I haven’t talked to Sunday since High school.. but when my family moved from Kansas to El Paso, and I went to Coronado high school, one of the counselors took me around the school and the first person she thought of for me to meet was Sunday… believe you me, I wowed over his name for a min… but he was one of the nicest people I’ve ever known… praying for you… and your family to be strong…

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