Francine Tamaalii-Bhangoo and Jaylarney “Jay” Tamaalii, two siblings commit to sharing the love of Christ.
Francine Tamaalii-Bhangoo (lovingly nicknamed “Bunnie” by family and friends) is a member of Spanaway (Wash.) United Methodist Church, where she volunteers in the church nursery, as a liturgist and creator of the children’s moment in worship, and as a member of the congregation’s technology team. The daughter of a United Methodist local pastor, she credits her father with modeling deep Christian faith and commitment to family. Proudly “full Samoan,” Francine in married with one daughter, and works at Expeditors International of Washington.
Jaylarney “Jay” Tamaalii is a United Methodist layman and member of Spanaway (Wash.) United Methodist Church, where he serves as director of youth ministries. A lifelong United Methodist, he says his walk with Christ and desire to serve the church began in childhood when he served as a church acolyte. “The white robes, the steady pace to keep the flame lit, and the pause and short moment of prayer… before stepping up to the altar awoke me to the spirit of God washing over me.” From his close-knit, Samoan family—and his congregation—Jay says he learned love and acceptance, even after he came out as a gay man. Today he works in maintenance for a logistics company and as a security guard. He is confident that God has a divine purpose for his life, citing Jeremiah 29:11: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”