by Carey Frost-Perdue, Executive Administrator of Administration


When our way of life becomes unstable, we can tend to panic and close ourselves off and away until the danger has passed. That is just human nature. It’s not necessarily a bad thing because when it comes down to it, this life on Earth is largely about survival.

When some folks are turning their focus inward, that’s when unlikely heroes start rising quietly out of the darkness to help those in need.

Donna Betz and Mildred Scrogham are two such people who selflessly stepped up to take on something that was not their responsibility. With medical supplies such as surgical masks, among other things, being scarce or unavailable, these ladies put their seamstress skills to work and began sewing masks for our nursing staff. And they did so without pause!

It’s the little things like this that can have the greatest impact. It reminds us of the good in people and we are inspired by those who rise to the occasion.

Generosity should define the life of every Christian, and that means more than Christians just being “nice.” As we give freely of our time, abilities and finances, we are showing our reliance on God and His unlimited resources, while demonstrating that He wants to bless us others through us.

In 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, Paul was speaking about the church in Macedonia, which was impoverished. No one would have been surprised if their response to those in need was, “We’d love to help, but we’re strapped.”  Instead, they begged for the opportunity to take part in the relief effort.

We’d like to believe that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. That might not always be the case, but at Gentle Shepherd, we witness this daily through our staff and volunteers. We are so grateful to people like Mrs. Betz and Mrs. Scrogham for their heart and willingness and heart to help others. Welcome to the Gentle Shepherd team!

If you would like get involved with our volunteer ministry, please give us a call at 800-789-0586 or send us an email.