In Sweet Memory

This update is long overdue. Many of you are already aware of this; however, for those of you who may know us only through our website, I want to share this tribute to my incredible husband, Harry.

I have left Harry’s Story on the site as a reminder of how Ministries of Hope came to be.

Often referred to as my “Handsome Hubby Harry”, Harry was “the love of my life!” We first met when I was two and he was six. Of course, we waited several years before getting married!

Harry was known for his strong work ethic, servant’s heart, and especially his wit. He was the best husband, dad and Pa anyone could hope for. He cared for his neighbors and was affectionately referred to as “the Major of Lantern Lane”. He was a proud Veteran, honoring our country with his service which included a tour of duty in Vietnam during our first year of marriage.

He loved the LORD and witnessed his faith in ways he didn’t even realize. We both felt we were blessed to be a blessing to other couples, helping them identify potential “landmines” and harmful games couples play. We began a marriage ministry at our church in 1989 to do just that, and later created Ministries of Hope to take our insights outside our church walls. (Refer to the Covenant Couples ministry tab.)

Several months prior to our 50th wedding anniversary, Harry was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma on the jaw. You never know how you will react when you hear the word “cancer” until you actually hear it. When we did, we were both stunned and concerned, but not afraid. We knew our gracious LORD would walk beside us throughout this journey…and He certainly did!

About a year and a half later, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor…another type of cancer; glioblastoma! Once again, surgery went well; chemo and radiation to follow. A year later, another blow…Harry suffered a major stroke which took out his communication center. Two and a half weeks later, it took his life.

He courageously fought the battle of cancer for three years and touched many lives in the process. Our gracious LORD relieved him of his pain and rewarded his faithfulness by calling him home July 27, 2017. I’m confident upon his arrival he heard, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Throughout the three years of Harry’s battle with cancer, I kept our family and friends informed through email updates so everyone would have the same information at relatively the same time. I have posted snippets of those updates in the blog section to give you a sense of how powerfully the LORD carried us through this incredible journey. I hope they will inspire you if you are in a similar journey or that you will share them with someone who needs the encouragement.

There is a verse in the Bible that has always intrigued me, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3

As a result of the past four years, I have come to understand that verse much better. We have witnessed the hand of God so often during this journey, up close and personal! That’s where the joy comes from. Such a privilege and comfort to know that our Creator GOD walks with us every day (whether we are mindful of Him or not); and when we are too weak to walk He carries us! When we stay focused on Him and His plan, He straightens our path and removes unnecessary obstacles that may hinder our journey. He covers every single detail! Such joy is found nowhere else.

I appreciate all the prayers and support you have given to my family, this ministry and me…more than words can express.

To God be the glory,