Gladys had known sorrow and many trials throughout her life. Her husband was one of the young men who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor. This along with other issues led her into very deep despair and careless living. After some years, a woman began to share God’s promises in the Bible, and helped Gladys find peace in Jesus.
Several years ago, we started visiting the nursing home where Gladys lived. She told us that living in “this place” was not her desire, nor were the many physical problems that she had. However, she wanted to make the best of her situation and was praying for an opportunity to serve Jesus.
After a few months of visiting, we were given permission to start a Bible study. Gladys loved it! She took it upon herself to invite other residents. She would go around during the week telling them how helpful the Bible study was and invite them to come. When our team would arrive to set things up, she would be the first in the room with a roster and highlighter to take attendance. If fellow residents expressed interest in the Bible study, Gladys made sure we knew to bring them. Her prayer and intent was for the others to be as blessed by hearing the Word of God as she had been. Because of her involvement, we had to move to the largest room in the building to facilitate the over 50 residents in attendance!
Gladys helped us for several years. Eventually, she became so weak that she could hardly sit up; so she would rest during the day to save her strength for the evening Bible study. Her love for God and the people around her compelled her to look beyond her ailments and make the most of her situation. The nursing home became her mission field.
Because of her labor of love, hundreds of people in that home found hope and peace in Jesus. They are now in heaven with Gladys. ~ B.G.