The Way God Saves

Buddy is the church cat. For those of you who aren’t from a rural area, church cats are fairly common. Almost all of the tiny churches have them. Buddy is cross-eyed. But Buddy was my gentle reminder that the Lord is kind, and good, and generous. Because he put so much sweet personality into Buddy, that his cross-eyes only add to his Southern charm. What cat has patience for a “wallering” baby? Buddy does. He wears his kitty heart on his sleeve.

My husband and I drove to Bowman Old Time Pentecostal Church in Blue Eye, Missouri on a gray spring Saturday. I didn’t start appreciating living in the state of Missouri until a few years ago. When God pressed me to stop wishing I was somewhere else and start appreciating where I was. It was life changing and soul shifting. But most of all, it was humbling.


Melody was chosen by Him. She was chosen to lead tent revivals and church services and take care of the rural families in need. She was chosen to feed the poor. She was chosen to reach down and help fellow mothers up out of the pits of hell they live in. Poverty isn’t just a city problem or an international issue. We have children in our own counties starving and going without the most basic needs that you and I take for granted every single day.

Matthew 14:13-21 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

1When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

1As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

1Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

This is her story.

“The original church was built in the 30’s or so…they started having church in the school in 1907”

Where do you get your ideas?
Everything we do in ministry has been lead by the Lord.

What is your life like?
Busy! My husband & I started pastoring Bowman Old Time Pentecostal Church in July 2018. We had no intentions on having a food pantry, however in Aug{ust} the Lord started sending us food. God is so amazing like that! The pantry is a lot of work. We usually go pick up food for that once a week. Our church is older & is in need of repairs so we do work on the building in free time. I also home-school our 15 year old & 10 year old. And in Feb{ruary} 2018 God blessed us with a beautiful baby girl!

What is the first thing that made you cry?
I get emotional quit a bit. This isn’t just ministry, we get to be a part of peoples lives. God has opened doors and our church has a community free food pantry, its been a blessing for many. My most emotional memory so far has been of a young boy, probably around 10 years old, he came to pantry with his mom. At the time we had toilet paper to give away in the pantry. The sight of this little boy running around and so excited about getting toilet paper brought me to tears. This is in our communities, families going without basic necessities. I know without a doubt our mission is right in our own community.

What was the best money you ever spent?
Giving a man outside the Ozark Walmart, playing the violin, my last $10 & telling him Jesus loves him. I knew in my heart the Holy Ghost was leading me and the peace I felt was amazing!

When did you become a Christian?
2012: My husband describes it as a Cornelius experience, meaning everybody in our house gave their hearts to Jesus!

What is your favorite childhood church memory?
I didn’t grow up in church. We only went to church on holidays. So when I gave my heart to Jesus I meant it. And as I grew in my walk with Him I believed everything He wrote to me in the bible. I guess you might say I hadn’t been “churched” so when I read that Jesus could heal my body, I believed it! I have been physically healed 3 times! Wow, if we would tell the world of everything Jesus can do for them there wouldn’t be enough room in all the churches!

If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager, what would you do?
I have thought about this a lot. And it might of made my life easier, but I have worked through these things. God has forgiven me of the mistakes and healed my heart. I’m not proud of who I was but make no mistake I’m proud & love my Jesus!

How do you handle the pressure from non-Christian media?
It’s real easy to get sucked into battles and arguments with non-believers. However we learned in ministry its better to pray and let the Lord fight battles.

A baby named Galilee.

What’s your family life like?
My husband & I have been married for 16 years in April! I have a beautiful Godly 24 year old daughter who is the mommy to my 2 precious grand babies and gained a son when she married a God fearing young man. My 15 year old son is a talented banjo player and was asked to join a gospel band last month. I have a 10 year old daughter that is beautiful, kind, and looking forward to riding rides at Silver Dollar City. And our new addition was a surprise from God. I was 43 and pregnant with her…. I tell everybody , God has a plan , He just lets us be a part of it!

Tell us one thing you want people to know about you. Jesus! There is a song out by Casting Crowns “Only Jesus” (my husband had it as his ring tone so i know it well) It says I don’t care if they remember me, only Jesus….That’s what it’s all about. Only Jesus can heal you physically and emotionally. Only Jesus can cure the addictions, only Jesus ..He is what we need!

I’m always humbled and filled with Thanksgiving when the Lord puts new families in front of our own. These families often teach me a lesson that the Lord was waiting for me to learn in order to progress His Kingdom. Sometimes they are swift and hard, and sometimes they are gentle and slow. Our seasons will change but your love for God’s people should grow.

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3 thoughts on “The Way God Saves

  1. Hey there, how you doing!? I just went through your blog and its totally fab, keep up this effort love and have a nice day! ❤
    Looking forward to reading from your blog more 🙂
    You have a new follower 😉


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