by Jayne Kotter
My mother is one of the most giving people you will ever meet. It’s a testimony of God’s love at work through her. Those who know my mom, know that she is ‘no nonsense’ when it comes to people doing right by each other. Her generous heart shows through every trial and tribulation. She has always been willing to drop everything to help others in need. Her sacrifices for the people and pastors of Kenya are well-known to those who’ve been touched by her ministry—though not known to very many others, and she’s fine with that.
She has been caring for my grandmother (my dad’s mom) for 20 years. My grandmother is now 99 years old now. She made it to this age mainly through my mom’s godly care. Also, during these twenty years, my mother, Shirley Joyce Walls, took seven months away from her own home in another state to care for my dad, who died of cancer. Before that, she left her home to live with my brother and his four children for well over a year to help
them during a very difficult time. Most recently, she is giving up that home to move and live in yet another state to help my other brother and his only child through a really terrible trial (for which we appreciate your continuing prayers).
She has been there for me with encouragement, godly wisdom, and practical care through the births of all four of my now grown children, and many other life events.
It’s been amazing to see how her generosity has impacted others and inspired them to generosity as well.
My mom will help, not take over; she gives advice, but keeps on loving even if it’s not taken; she is not perfect, but her life epitomizes this verse: “They gave as much as they were able and even beyond their ability. They exceeded our expectations and gave themselves first of all to the Lord and then by the will of the Lord gave themselves to us.” (2 Corinthians 8:3, 5)
Shirley Joyce Walls: far right