I was a single mother with five children under the age of 14. We endured hard days, what I call “the lean years.” Yes, there were programs to help, but in many ways, those programs were designed to make us permanent fixtures in an impersonal system. They were designed to make us stand still in life.
But another factor made all the difference for us. It was the ministry we received from Christians of various faith traditions. Because needs aren’t always material. A welfare check doesn’t heal the kinds of wounds divorce and poverty cause. But the love of Christ does.
This type of ministry doesn’t make you stand still in life. Instead, it lifts you to a new place. It doesn’t just provide. It encourages. It brings healing.
And it showed me that the Church is bigger than I thought.
During our years of need, Christians encouraged me as I earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Penn State and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Encouragement continued as I embarked on a career in journalism and later turned to a career in teaching, which has included two summers in China. I earned my master’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Currently, I am an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools. When not teaching or writing, I restore antique quilts, craft projects for my grandchildren, and help my husband lead a small group at our church devoted to ministering to the needy in our community.
You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn at Nancy E. Head.
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