In 1979, when I was 26, I developed issues with my spine. Four years later I underwent emergency spine surgery. These issues became progressively worse over the years and impacted my hips. In 2009 I had 5 surgeries in 7 months on my hips. I spent the following year working toward recovery to find out that the damage to my body was beyond repair and I was left with a permanent disability.
The rug was swept out from under me. My entire life changed in what felt like a split second. I could no longer work, my income was cut in half, my activities were diminished. I was a disabled person!
Everything changed except my Faith in Jesus and through his great mercy He carried me through it all.
I live with chronic pain and if not for my faith I would not be standing here. I rely upon knowing that He has a plan for my life. I worship Him in many ways and pray that allowing His light to shine through my suffering to the world brings Him praise and glory.
My declaration is: After what Jesus did for me I can do this for Him!!! This makes my suffering bearable because there is no comparison....
My desire is to glorify God through my behaviors and actions. Serving our church and community is my pleasure and my hope is that it pleases Him. Serving also has had a huge impact on how I deal with my physical and emotional challenges. When I put my attention on others, on how I can help, joy enters my life and I am lifted away from my own issues. The impact is remarkable. I'm able to go through life with a more positive attitude. I feel amazedand am blessed beyond words.
One of the ways I have been called to serve is "The House" Women's Shelter in Phoenixville. This is a ministry spearheaded by Pat Yodis. Here's the way it works; The House takes in 6 homeless woman for 6-8 months, helps prepare them to work and live on their own and transitions them back into the community. When they are ready to transition is where we come in. Through donations we are able to help them set up a new home and move them in. This is an ongoing ministry as the women move in and out of The House.
To that end, we are asking for donations; small furniture, towels, utensils, dishes, glasses, pots, pans, cleaning tools etc. I'm keeping all donations in my basement so please let me know if you have any. My number is in the hand out and in the church directory.
We are assembling a team of men who would offer their help to move these women into their new home. Each member would be called on, at most, twice a year.
On move day we will need the use of a van or truck, 2-3 men and one who would organize the move. There are a few men that have already offered their service. If you'd like to join please let either me or Patty Yodis know.
It's been a privilege for me to share with you today. I am so grateful to be a member of Iron Works and all the amazing ways we love and serve each other and our community.
This is what the Lord has done for me.