Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

What do you give a woman who has . . .

Earlier this month the extended Henry family had its reunion at High Falls State Park. It’s been an annual event since about 1986.

Traditions have evolved around the event, and it seems a new one has been added this year. My cousin, Chris, suggested that each year we give, if we wish to, to a charity that is special to someone in the family. Each year the recipient organization would be different. He suggested that this year the gift be to The Gideons International, since several family members are Gideons.

Aunt Rachel followed up a couple of days later with this email:

Chris and I have been talking and thought that since it is Pam’s ninetieth birthday year, it would be good for our Gideon contribution would be in honor of her.

She has worked  in the Gideon organization since she and George became members.  Since George died, she in her boundless energy, has continued to be faithful distributing Bibles, in the jail ministry, and attending meetings and conferences. She has held offices both locally and statewide, and  you do not have to be with her long before she will tell you about the greatness of this Great Commission ministry.

Pam is my mother, George my father. They joined Gideons in 1971–40 years ago this year. After Daddy died, for several years, Mother was The Gideons Auxiliary person responsible for staying connected with Gideon widows. Up until recently, whenever I visited, she was likely to take me to the county jail, to gather with women inmates with Gospel testimony, singing together–and, of course, giving Gideon New Testaments and other Christian literature.

So, what do you give a woman who has 90 years and whose treasure is in heaven? Bibles to give away, of course–$1600 to The Gideons, who will send 320 Bibles in local languages around the world.

Mother emailed the family:

I could not even begin to describe to you how your love impacts me. You have joyously reminded me of my upcoming 90th! However many days the Lord has allotted to me (and He says that our days are numbered), I enjoy every one of them, and so may you–abiding in the center of his will.

Your gift will bless some or many of the well over 190 countries where there are Gideon business or professional men and their Auxiliary wives, many of whom are living near poverty level but with rich hearts.

May our Lord bless you and minister to you in all your needs, as you share his Word where he sends you.

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6 Responses to “What do you give a woman who has . . .”

  1. What a joy to be part of such an auspicious event! Praise God for your mother’s faithfulness!

  2. Eugenia Henry

    So thankful this was done in honor of your mother who is lovely inside and out and has been a blessing to me since I became a Henry in 1969. I love hearing her stories about her ministry with the girls at the county jail and other ways she shares the Gospel wherever the Lord leads her. Thank God for her 90 years and each of her children and their families. Still miss Uncle George and just smile to think of how much he is enjoying heaven!
    Blessings on Pam and you and Johnny! Love & prayers, Eugenia M. Henry

  3. You are incredibly blessed, Noel. This is a beautiful post, and to be apart of God’s story is a tremendous life as you have shown through your mother.

  4. I want to live like this– what a beautiful eternal perspective, what a stark contrast to the selfishness this world tells us we deserve once we retire!

  5. I’m going to forward this to my grandpa–“Pop”…He has worked with Gideons for as long as I can remember and will appreciate this story.

  6. I praise God for the way that you honor your mother! God is faithful from generation to generation! It is beautiful to see how He works in families. It brings hope seeing the power of God at work! (not perfectly in fullness here on earth, but lavish, lavish tastes of grace) Thanks for sharing and encouraging by example to honor our parents.

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