"Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives" (Titus 3:14).
Earlene could be easily overlooked in a church. She has been with the Contact Church since the congregation's first worship service on Easter morning of 2002. She does not teach a class. She does not speak up very often in the classes she attends. She does not stay for the meals after services (probably due to her strict diet as a diabetic).
However, Earlene is a woman who is devoted to doing what is good. She volunteers with the American Red Cross and the United Way. She is a devoted mother and grandmother. She faithfully attends the small group Bible study at the Normandy Apartments, always reading from her old King James Version of the Bible and encouraging the other participants.
Yesterday, she asked my wife Janet to be a character reference as she applies to be a volunteer with the local Domestic Violence Intervention Services (www.dvis.org). She is planning to retire from her factory job in July. She wants to be productive in her retirement. She wants to continue to help others who have been hurt in life, so she is planning to help victims of domestic violence in her spare time as a retiree.
Earlene does not have an official leadership position in the church, but like many others, she is leading by example. She is doing her part to help those who are in need. She is honoring God with a compassionate heart and a willingness to serve.