September 28, 2015


 Mom's Church FBC Troy,Al.
I made it to Sunday School on time- a huge accomplishment for me. I know I should do better, I try – really. But even with older teen/young adult children in the house there's STILL  that last minute shoe-hair-make-up-keys emergency that throws me off.
 Yesterday I made it on time – because I had to get up two hours earlier to drive my husband to Macon BUT STILL – I made it and that is the point.

Not really the point but it's significant. At church as I walked down the hallway and saw the friend who teaches my class I made sure to make a joke of my being on time – it wasn't lost on her I'm sure. As the words were leaving her mouth - “we're gonna join this class because there's a missionary here to share with us” - as my friend was speaking  I  walked into the room. What I saw, if I'm being honest, gave me a little....jolt. So many thoughts through my mind.

First: – Okay....WHAT in the world????!!!!

Next:  – That's horrible Deanna, STOP IT!!

And:   – But she's HERE!! That's good.

Lastly: –  Still I'm uncomfortable with this. I don't want to admit it.....

Walking into the room, This was a first for me, not something I've ever seen in a Southern Baptist Church....any church.  I've seen drunks, prostitutes, gang members, drug users and sellers - Not this. 

I could not take a picture but this is similar to what I saw.....

Don't pretend this wouldn't startle you to see a woman like this in your Sunday school class.  She is a missionary who has served in three Arab countries for the last three years. She must dress according to the culture...the biggest reason you can probably guess.

As she spoke to us about her experiences and shared her heart for so many of the people  something became very clear. She didn't see these people the same way I did. She saw people dying without hope, without salvation, without Jesus. She saw people created by the same God who created her and in need of the same mercy and forgiveness she had known.

The scripture doesn't say “For all have sinned....worse than me” It says simply, we all have sinned and my sin separates me from God in the same way your sin does. The same God who loved me when I was dead in my sin, the same God who poured out His rich mercy over my life is the same One who desires to do the same for them.

As I thought about this on the way home from church something else struck me. As I neared my house I pressed the button to open the garage-Not a remarkable thing but it's a  little game to see if the door will be up enough for me to drive straight in without slowing down and hit the button to close it before I even come to a full stop.
 That's when I noticed my neighbors  in the yard across the street and next door.
 Neither of them go to church
I thought about this woman  willing to go to difficult countries, dangerous countries, places where the people are hardened not only to Americans but to Christ as well. She does this and I can't even manage to wave and speak and chat with a neighbor because I'm so preoccupied with getting inside, changing clothes and vegging for the afternoon. The people she ministers to could be killed just for talking to her – yet they do it anyway, a few even study the Bible with her. At great risk they do this and I can't spare a few more minutes in the heat and in my 'church clothes'.

While I don't think God is calling me to go with her when she returns to the mission field, there is a field He has called me to right here.

D e a n n a


  1. I have enjoyed this so much! WOW! I needed to read this post this morning as I have committed to minister to women in Nicaragua in Feb. The Lord has been dealing with my heart for two years and has brought this opportunity to me. Though Satan is rearing his ugly head with fear right now...I do believe that this morning of all mornings (another story) was when I needed your message. My mission field is right where I am and I've been teaching women for 18 years now but I know that HIS message needs to go out and beyond. Thanks for this post today. PERRY GA???? WOW...I hunt in Dooley County with my husband...not to far from Perry! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. ahhhhhh Cindy thanks, I will make sure Deanna sees your response when I'm over there for her bday. I am no less than honored to have her input [finally] on Like Gramma's House. and to have you notice what we share here. Thanks a bunch!

  3. What a great post. I have to share this with you because I want to scream it from the roof tops. We always attended and loved our church. We raised our kids in church because we believed so much in the community and love of God. As our kids grew though, we realized a difference in our family that made us not fit in anymore. In fact, we felt pretty unwelcome and that hurts. When someone in your family has a difference...probably of just about any makes you feel unwelcome. I wish I had the nerve to go back to our old church and tell them but I don't. Instead I will tell you because you will reach and and welcome someone. :)


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