October 29, 2017 Jane’s Heart to Heart  …Pastor’s Help-Mate

A JOURNEY OF FAITH

When Pastor and I first came to Litchfield his job was at the Friendship Village.  The job title was “Sitter”  which was an interesting description of the fact that we were to answer the Alert phones when a resident pressed the alert button on the necklace which was issued for use in an emergency.   When the phone rang in our apartment it was our responsibility to determine if that resident needed our help or needed an ambulance.  Often all Pastor needed to do was go the apartment using the entrance key and go in.  Sometimes they only needed assistance getting up off the floor. One of our first calls was a dear lady who tried to get out of her recliner and slipped on to the footrest and was not able to get up.    Other calls were more serious which needed medical attention. Part of the time we were there I helped in the office answering the phone.  Other things we did was volunteer to help with the commodity program, help out if they had a special dinner or event for special holidays.

I decided to start a ladies Bible study and Jenny Caldwell  was one of the first ladies to come.  She brought her Bible and  always had requests for loved ones and friends and offered to pray.  When she learned that I took sewing she would ask me to alter things for her and one day she admired a crocheted table-cloth which I had and hired me to make one for her so that it would match her couch.  She also enjoyed it when I would have a special time of devotions in the Word with her.

When Jenny realized the Pastor was preaching for other pastors for their vacation, sickness, or other events, she asked me if he would preach at her church since  they did not have a pastor. He gave her his business card for to give to the leaders.   This eventually led to our ministry here for over seven years. Praise the Lord.

She loved to go to the Gordon’s home where we had Sunday evening Bible Studies and a snack afterward.  She loved the fellowship and the meal and always brought a special dish. She often struggled with digestive problems and would be careful about what she ate but would still sometimes become ill on the way home.  She often rode with us and loved to be in church and Pastor often brought her even after we moved to the parsonage and always appreciated it when we called on her.

A few years ago  we were coming through Litchfield and decided to stop and see Jenny.   We would often ring the bell and open the door carefully to save her having to come to the door.  I opened the door and looked in  and she had fallen on the floor and was not able to get up…. The Lord  sent us.     

Not long ago when we talked on the phone she was excited to tell me of things Scott had shared with her about a preacher whose ministry he followed.  That was  such a blessing to her. 

This dear lady has suffered a lot with much sickness and  difficulties, but she always seemed to be able to bounce back and be cheery.  In spite of her illnesses she was so strong that when we went to her home or she came to church when I would greet her she would give me such a tight hug that I always had a hard time to stay upright even the last time  we greeted on October the 1st

Consider it a great joy, my brothers,

whenever you experience various trials,

knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

But endurance must do its complete work,

so that you may be mature and complete,

lacking nothing.

JAMES I:2-4

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