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This month I want to share with  you two stories that come from Kevin and Jeanne Yeager.
Kevin and Jeanne Yeager
Kevin works for the Marston Agency and he delivers court papers to courthouses all over Virginia. One Tuesday afternoon Kevin made a delivery to the courthouse in Charlottesville. As he approached the courthouse steps Kevin noticed a young couple in their wedding clothes. “Who gets married on a Tuesday?” Kevin thought.
He also noticed that they had a tripod set up and they were trying to take a photo of themselves using the timer on their camera. Kevin approached them and asked if he could take their picture.  This young couple had no idea that Kevin is also a professional photographer and they were about to receive a huge blessing.  Instead of using their camera, Kevin went back to his car and pulled out the pro gear. Then he took numerous shots of the couple.
Kevin tried to get them to relax and talked with them about how long they’d been dating and where they were from.  It turns out the  newlyweds were from South Korea.  The couple had attended UVA and she worked in Lynchburg and he had to leave for his job in New York right after the ceremony.
After the pictures were taken Kevin told them he’d drop  off a CD of the pictures at her place of business in Lynchburg. True to his word, a week or so later Kevin delivered the pictures to the young lady and she was delighted at Kevin’s kindness. That couple now has a wedding album taken by a professional photographer at no cost to them.  What a joyous blessing!
The second story is from Jeanne Yeager. Jeanne has worked for many years at Richmond City Schools as a nurse.  She recently changed jobs and now she’s helping to coordinate the nursing efforts for several schools in the city.
One thing that Jeanne noticed in her new job is just how many children need clothes throughout the day. If an elementary student is sick, or has an accident and needs a change of clothes, it’s very difficult for a parent to leave work to help their child.  Many of these parents work hourly jobs.  Many are economically challenged and leaving their job might mean missing a utility payment or not having enough money at the end of the month to make ends meet.
So Jeanne decided to do something about it.  She’s putting on a clothing drive at Bethel called the Harvest School Clothing Drive.  Her hope is to supply the nurses in her school with some clothes that children can have in case of an emergency.  We’re accepting clothes for the Harvest Clothing Drive through November 11.
There is a common thread in Kevin’s and Jeanne’s story and the common thread is that they both pay attention to the folks God puts in front of them and they both use their work as an opportunity to minister to others.  Kevin said, “There are days that you don’t know when and where God’s going to use your talents to bless others.”
This brings to mind something that the Apostle Paul wrote.  In Colossians 3:23-24 Paul writes,
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
I think this describes Kevin and Jeanne’s approach to work.  They view their work as an opportunity to bless others and serve the Lord. As we go about our days, let us receive our work as a gift  from the Lord and may the Lord use our work as an opportunity to bless others.  May God bless Kevin and Jeanne Yeager and may God bless Bethel Baptist Church.  Amen


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