Barb and her husband have been long time donors to Cherry Street.  They are keeping themselves busy but also isolated during the pandemic.  But even during these strange times, they have the care of others on their mind.  “We believe in God’s gift of Life. None of us gets to choose where or when or to whom we are born or what is in front of us. But we do get to choose and make choices along the way. Sometimes we are not always given the tools to make good choices.  Cherry Street is giving people the opportunity to use better tools to make better choices,” proclaimed Barb.

They have identified with 1st Thessalonians 4:1-12 as a life verse.

As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.  . . . 11and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

As an encouragement to others Barb and Mark wished to share with those who are struggling a reminder to keep focus on the right things.  Barb said, “The virus has stripped away a lot of distractions to reveal brokenness in all of our lives. I have thought about things that other generations have gone through. I have thought about what our parents went through during the depression and the war years. All those years later my parents were still rationing and yet my mom had a terrific attitude. I think it’s important to remember that other people, other times, other places have gotten through troubling times by the grace of God. The grace of God is there for us every day. And it will continue to be there. It Is our Hope. We can look back on those stories and they will give us hope.”