The other day while I was surfing through FB I saw a familiar name which I had not seen or heard of for over 28 years…. Hockenberry is not really that common. So I clicked on that name so that I could look at the names of her friends hoping to see the name I was thinking of. Sure enough, there it was, Carrie Hockenberry.
When we were ministering at the Maple Grove Bible Church in Marshall and renting a house on Exchange Street. Ken was the pastor, and working in the Christian school and I had a small ad in the local shopper and was taking in sewing and alterations.
Ken’s mother was struggling with serious health issues and we prayed much about how we could help her from Michigan. We made the decision for me to go and stay with her and help her where she lived in a small assisted-living village. So I would go stay with her when she had surgery and Ken continued at the church. Every few weeks he would come and I would be in Marshall for a week or two and then I would go to be with Mother in Newark.
After a while, I realized that I could also run an ad in Newark and take sewing there while helping Mother Pierpont. So when I was in Newark, Ken would take the number of people who called about sewing and I would return their call and arrange to do their sewing. While I was in Marshall, Mother would answer the phone for my ad while I was away and I would call them and arrange appointments with them. I even managed to make dresses for a wedding party while running back and forth.
While with Mother, we attended the Newark Baptist Temple and just two weeks before school opening in the fall they asked for prayer about their need for two teachers for grades one and six. Immediately I thought if Ken and I could do that we could move to Newark and help Mother. To make a long story short we were hired, Ken resigned from Maple Grove and we rented a house with Mother in Heath, near the school. I had twenty-seven children in my first-grade class and loved every minute of it. After a few months, Ken also accepted a call to pastor the Maple Ave Christian Union Church there in his hometown of Newark. It was amazing how the Lord was providing for us and for Mother’s needs.
One morning, during the devotions with my class, fourteen children responded to my invitation to receive Christ as their personal Saviour.
Carrie Hockenberry was one of the students, who at Christmas, time gave me a cute little basket that she and her mother had made for me. It had little lambs painted on the side. I put her name and date on the bottom and have used it for many years. As I do with ornaments on our tree, I have the practice of breathing a prayer for each gift giver, that Christ will be glorified in their lives. She studied at the Nazarene College, in Mt. Vernon, OH. and is married with two children and is a school teacher at Licking Valley Schools there.
Praise the Lord. This is such a JOY to my Heart.
Jeremiah 29:11 11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.