Following Jesus' Example
PLANO, TEX. – The call came out of the blue. Julie's adult son was very sick. Doctors did not know how long he would live. The church members decided to pull together their airline miles and fly her to be with her son 1,800 miles away in Plano, Texas.
Additionally, a church member picked her up from the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and drove her to her son’s hospital in Plano.
Keith Gray, pastor of the Acts Two Seventh-day Adventist Church, had also received a call requesting, “Would your church members help a stranger in need?" Without hesitation he asked, "What can we do?" Pastor Gray greeted Julie the night she arrived, inviting her to Sabbath services that included breakfast. Church members also arranged for meals and volunteered to house Julie.
Thankfully, things turned around for Julie’s son. She credits the prayers given on his behalf by family, friends and church members including the strangers that became friends. Acts Two church members provided a modern-day example of Matthew 25:35: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”
Seventh-day Adventist Church members are a wonderful network of caring people. Only in Heaven will Julie's son meet all those who helped his mother and prayed on his behalf. Thank you for the continued prayers for his health.
By Tamara Michalenko Terry, Associate Communication Director