Oct. 4, 21015    Jane’s Heart to Heart     …Pastor’s Help Mate

Oct. 4, 21015 Jane’s Heart to Heart …Pastor’s Help Mate


When I was a freshman in High school in Dowagiac, MI, a new girl, Toby came to our school. She was a beautiful young Jewish girl and as I got to know her I realized that she did not know the Lord.  We  would often meet on the way home because we took the same route until we came to her street….which was about three blocks from where I lived.   One day as we came to the corner of her street she invited me to her house to show me something. The first thing in my mind was my need to get her to go to church with me and for the Lord to open up an opportunity to win her to Christ. I told her that I could stop by but would not be able to stay long since I had chores to do. While we  talked I invited her to church and the conversation turned to her need for Christ and she sweetly surrender to the Lord that day.   That week end she did attend church with me and a few other times but I never really had an opportunity to disciple her because my daddy took a job in Evanston IL and we moved there that summer.

My  sister lived in South Bend, IN and was able to keep up with former classmates and church friends because she lived  closer and she shared with me that Tobi and Raymond Vandenberg of our youth group got married. I was prayerful that she was growing in the Lord and that they were living for Him.  A few years ago Sue told me that she had a note for me from Toby and that she and Raymond worked in Pensacola in children’s ministry for many years. When I got the letter Toby shared that she was the little Jewish girl that I had shared Christ with when we were in High school.  That was so exciting to me to know that I had planted the seed and others had discipled her.

A few years ago my sister shared that Raymond had gone to be with the Lord and I looked on the internet for his obituary so that I could write to Toby.   It was there that I noticed that one of their sons was a pastor in South Haven. I  checked  FB to see if I might be able to contact them.   Sure enough, I contacted Jame and chatted a bit with her. She told me that she was going to speak at a church in Litchfield in two weeks and wondered if it might be ours.   It ended up being First Baptist and indeed I attended the dinner where she spoke.

Last Sunday evening, Ken and I turned on the service we often watch and heard a family singing  on “Rejoice In The Lord” at Pensacola Christian College.  They were singing “ I Have Been Blessed”.  I truly was blessed to tears when I began to remember that this man, Jon Vandenberg was Toby’s son.  I like to claim him  as my Spiritual grandchild and his  daughters as spiritual  great grandchildren.  Thank you, Lord, for the JOY of winning others to You.

When you witness and give out tracts and pray for others to be saved you may not know the result.  I am thankful that the Lord  allowed me to know that this person that I led to Him not only trusted Christ but others discipled her and then she and her husband raised their son  for Christ and this continues on in his family.

Still Singing His Praise in my Heart.

1 Corinthians 3:6-8 (KJV)

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.


  1. This is a beautiful and inspiring story that is all I want to do with my life until I die

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