Over the last year, I have had the privilege of getting to know an amazing woman. Miss Alice is on the Board of Directors for Sunrise. She also is a product of Sunrise.
Miss Alice was delivered to the “old Glen Dale” at age 8. Her mother had died, and her father was not able to care for her. She grew up living on the Glen Dale campus. She lived in a cottage with a house mother, attended school, did her chores and went to church. At 18, she left to attend college.
Miss Alice married and raised her own two boys. As a fourth grade teacher, she touched numerous children throughout her career. Even in her retirement, she continues to give.
You may find Miss Alice every Thursday night at the new Glen Dale, leading a Bible study for the girls. She listens to them. She ponders their questions and prays for wisdom to guide and inspire. Miss Alice understands that these girls are not in this situation by their own choosing and they often feel hopeless.
Recently Miss Alice was asked by a couple of the girls to explain what it meant to be a Christian. Not to take this divine opportunity lightly, she scheduled an appointment to meet with the girls. She called me, asking for prayer for this special time. Unfortunately I kept her on the phone too long and she was running late, leaving her precious Bible at home.
When she arrived at Glen Dale, there were now four girls that wanted to hear about this “eternal hope.” In the common room they found a Bible and made copies of the Scripture so they could all follow along. This was so much better than just sharing from her Bible, and reading to them; they could read it for themselves. God provided!
Later that evening, Miss Alice called me with tears of joy. Two of the girls asked Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. Miss Alice knows what it means to be abandoned and have no hope. She shared from her heart how Jesus saved her, will never leave her, and has provided hope beyond measure. Now these young ladies have hope for eternity.
When I met Miss Alice, I felt sorry for her when I heard her story, but I now look at her with pure admiration. She is an instrument of God. She allowed God to use her and her life experiences to lead others to Him.
There is room for many more to offer hope to our kids. Visit our website, www.sunrise.org, to see how you can get involved.