Another rerun. As it happens the trip mentioned got canceled due to some difficulties on the ground in Haiti. The truth here cannot be canceled.
I just came in from my morning walk.
My devotions led me to this.
The story goes back to 1964. My Dad took on the head football coaching job at Courtland High School. We lived there four years. I never met Nancy Steele. I was a white kid. Nancy was an African-American kid. Schools were segregated. Churches were segregated. Water fountains were segregated. She is two years younger than me. We could have played together if the world wasn’t so screwed up. So I never met Nancy. What a shame.
Thirty five or so years later I was working a youth conference. There was this amazingly poised, productive, and devout woman of faith who shared leadership and shaped my life. Her name was Nancy J Fuqua, Reverend Nancy Fuqua. We shared some conversation and some laughs and some hopes for the Kingdom of God.
Twenty five or so years later Nancy and I crossed paths again. Now she is Dr. Nancy Fuqua. She pastors a thriving, lively, loving congregation (they reflect their pastor) twenty or so miles from my place of ministry. She is a force in her denomination. She is a force in the lives of those she meets.
In the course of the next few months Nancy and I began a close relationship centered on our shared call to doing Kingdom work in Haiti and in North Alabama. The day after she heard of the need she raised the money to pay a teacher for a year in one of our schools in Haiti. I couldn’t foresee where this would lead but that is the way of faith.
You see, Nancy has kidney disease. She is on the transplant list. Her markers are good and there is hope for the surgery. I pray for Nancy. I hope you will too.
But now the point of this story. Nancy told me a few weeks ago that she is going to Haiti with me come February. I told her that I would pray this could happen but we’d better see how her disease progressed and what will happen with the transplant surgery. Pretty good preacher words, eh?
So Nancy bought her airfare! And she bought a non refundable ticket. And she told me she doesn’t even need the airplane because she is so lifted by the Spirit that she is flying already!
I get chills when I see this kind of faith. And I am cold a lot because I see so much faith lived out so well all around me. But Nancy, Nancy, Nancy. You bought a ticket. A non refundable ticket. Because you have faith that God will get you to the destination. You bought the damn ticket!
Nancy Steele married and became Nancy Fuqua. There is much that separates folks at times in our lives. But there is a grace and power that brings us to change and the things that matter. And I am forever changed by the way you saints are living this out.
We bought the ticket. We believe that the way of Jesus is the way for us. It’s all in. There is no refund.
Flight attendants, prepare for takeoff!