LOVE DOES NO HARM TO A NEIGHBOR.
THEREFORE LOVE IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW.
Of course we could end our mission report with this alone but then you would miss the God sightings He wants us to see.
I received a call from Ashley who had recently moved back to San Antonio. She began to tell me how her 76 year old mom, Dorothy who lives in Florida, needs to be transported to North Carolina for rehab. Dorothy had recently fallen.
God sighting #1……..Ashley said that since being back in San Antonio she had not yet found a new home church so, she has been putting her tithing back until she does. She said she did not know what she would do with the money but for several months she had been feeling that God was telling her that her mom would somehow be involved.
God sighting #2…….Not only that but as she had been walking through a restaurant she came across an old family friend, Judy whom she had not seen or spoken with for many years. Judy, her husband Dick and their children had been neighbors to Ashley’s family when she was growing up.
Ashley and Judy’s children had been raised together many years ago but as life goes on they all went their separate ways and lost contact.
They spent a few minutes catching up and Ashley told Judy about her mom. Then…… it was Judy’s turn to share with Ashley. You see back on 7/5/17, Grace on Wings transported Dick from Asheville to San Antonio.
YES…..mission # 485 was Dick and now at this very moment God had orchestrated this reunion between Ashley and Judy. Judy wasted no time in recommended us to Ashley for her mom.
God sighting #3…….As Ashley and I spoke over the phone she shared this story and when we talked about the cost for the fuel to transport her mom she began to cry. It was exactly what she had put away.
God sighting #4…….We arrive in Florida today to the privilege of meeting Dottie (Dorothy) and 2 of her dear friends Sue and Ruthie. Sue’s daughter is married to Dick and Judy’s son and as we enter the room she gives me a huge hug and says, “my daughter said to tell you hello.” Her daughter happened to be the one who had brought Dick’s dog Harley to see him prior to us putting him in the ambulance.
Dottie is very small framed and frail but she is a spitfire. She and her husband were married for 50 years prior to his death and have 2 children. Daughter Ashley and her brother Jim who is lives in North Carolina and will be overseeing Dottie’s rehab. Dottie is a very strong Christian and loves Jesus.
We packed her up and headed to the airport. Sue and Ruthie followed behind the ambulance ( 91 year old Ruthie did the driving). They came out onto the tarmac to give Dottie one last farewell hug and joined us in prayer before boarding Nellie.
Just as we took off I sent a picture to both Jim and Ashley to let them know we were on our way. As we flew Dottie requested her favorite cookies and not just 1 but 4. (A girl after my own heart!!)
I presented her with the cross made out of olive wood in Jerusalem we had brought for her. She was ecstatic as tears rolled down her cheeks. She asked me to pray with her because she was a little anxious and which I gladly did.
She napped for about 20 minutes and then opened her eyes and asked why we weren’t moving. I had to laugh as I told her we were still flying. She simply said,”WOW it is so calm I thought we were sitting still.”
She commented how she could not believe that she was in the same plane that her friend Dick had been in so recently. We arrived in North Carolina and once again I sent both Jim and Ashley a message to let them know.
We prayed one last time as we hugged goodbye.
To quote Mother Theresa…I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
Thank you to Hal and Todd for sharing this mission with me.
Shelli Engle RN