The one constant in our Actions and Truth Ministry to the broken, hurting, and needy in our community for the last six years has been the woman who put her faith into action tirelessly and unselfishly – Judy Welch.
Judy was there when no one else would help clean the home of a family of six when the mom and dad were lost in addiction. With her encouragement and dogged determination to get them treatment- the family is now prospering and attending church.
Judy held the hand of a dying alcoholic, bought her food and clothing and fed her as the woman lost her battle with illness. Judy was there as we held the woman’s hand and led her to faith in Christ – and because of Judy’s care, they are today both celebrating real life in God’s presence.
Judy was there to comfort a homeless woman with nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Judy found her a place and helped furnish it – and because of Judy’s compassion and witness, the woman now has a home and serves others weekly at Genesis Church.
She took felons without a friend in the world into her arms, she provided her own backyard paradise as a place for a homeless couple to be wed, she offered kindness and love to children and families with thousands of Christmas gifts over the years, and was always available to serve or help in ministry in whatever way needed.
She was our constant; the hands and feet of Christ sorting and giving out clothing, food, household and personal care items to those with nothing. She was our encourager; telling each person (myself included) that God wanted us to not give up, to keep working, and to move forward and not stay stuck in our past or our mistakes. She was our moral compass; letting us all know when we were doing the wrong things and that we should live a different way. She was like our second mom; offering unconditional love when we were hurting, common sense when we were making bad choices, and a warm embrace no matter how bad we had screwed up.
She raised a family and treated everyone as part of it. She kept her home and gardens as a place for all to feel welcome. She provided for her ailing husband. She fought the good fight, battled cancer and even though cancer persevered, she won.
We remember her good deeds and works that were a living example of what it’s like to live a life of love, in actions and in truth. We rejoice that she recently heard the words we all want to hear from our heavenly Father: “Well done, good and faithful servant!” We look forward to being together again in the loving arms and forever home of our Savior.
And we miss having her as a friend.
Having had my own near death experience, I briefly went to where she is right now. It’s a place of pure love, unimaginable joy, complete peace – our eternal home in God’s presence. We should celebrate that she is truly at peace.
Lord, we praise you that you brought Judy into our lives. Help us to give of ourselves, of our time, talent, and resources as she did. Help us to be all that she wanted for our lives. Please comfort her children, husband, and all of us she called family and friends. Thank you for blessing us with her – in Christ’s name, Amen.
Local Mission Coordinator