Thanksgiving and Memories from Servants Friends
Dorothy was an important shepherdess, encourager and sister in Christ on our journey in mission in the slums and in Switzerland.
Thankful for the friendship
Praying and weeping with you.
Much love, comfort and thanksgiving.
We lived in Manila when Dorothy came over to join us in Servants. It was fabulous, an older wise, funny, loving woman. One who was honest, playful, deep and so in love with Jesus, an inspiration and a friend. We lived in a house in Mandaluyong that Dorothy lived in first and the people in this slum constantly remembered her and told us stories of her love and fun, and kindness. She was and is much loved there still today I am sure.
Bless you George and Dorothy, your legacy is worldwide, sincere, deep, heartfelt and still thriving.
i remember only too well - it was as if it was yesterday - that you and rita and i sat in the grounds of the university of queensland on the banks of the brisbane river - for a picnic. you were sharing that you were taking on the role of international leader of servants. and furthermore, that you wanted a small group around you in the position of advisory elders. and you asked us to join you in this. it was a hot day. you were wearing a hat with a ribbon on it. and we kept moving to stay in the shade. i remember well your heart and passion for serving the poor and your equally significant concern for non-formal education. you spoke of these things from the heart in a soft voice and a lyrical tone. all of this became a reality in our first visit to cambodia with you. who you are and what you have stood for will always remain with us a wonderful woman with a heart for the kingdom of god. what a privilege to have journeyed with you during those years. you have enriched and blessed us. blessings on your next stage of life's wonderful journey into the greater fullness of life in christ.
When we first met Dorothy, she was Svts Aus coordinator, and we were interested in joining Servants to go to a Muslim slum somewhere. After we had met with Dorothy a few times, Mark & I had a conversation about our impressions - she just seemed so lovely that it was hard to accept that we were meeting the "real" Dorothy, not just the nice facade for people who want to join Servants. But over time, we found out that this was indeed the real Dorothy, more generous and gracious, more loving and kind, than most of us can manage in a facade. This truly lovely person was our mentor and guide as we prepared to move to Asia ... for 2 years we were claiming then.
A later memory is more humorous. We were "home" in Australia, and Tom was a small child. Dorothy was coming to visit, but Tom had already had more than enough of meeting all the people who seemed so near and dear to us but were complete strangers to him. So as Dorothy walked up the front steps and we went to meet her, Tom made a quiet exit down the back steps ... the advantage of living in a house with more than one door! We had a lovely catch up with Dorothy, and I think we eventually coaxed Tom to meet her also.
For me Dorothy remains an inspiration and someone I hope to become more like - still in love with Jesus, passionate about causes, and so kind and gracious to each person.
with love and prayers,
Dearest Dorothy & George:
You have have always walked ahead of us and shown us the way Dorothy - a leader who has inspired us forward always with love, grace & beauty. You have sown so much into so many lives (including mine & Susan's) the fruit of your life will live on & on in so many people & places, while you yourself live on in the Presence of pure beauty & goodness. No longer seeking love, but one with Love itself.
With all our love,
We have had a long and healthy relationship with Dorothy both as individuals and as nz Servants . You have always been a great inspiration to us and a reminder of what is most important, our call to follow and serve Jesus, the reality of which I myself have always thought you embodied so very clearly and helpfully
Thank you Jesus for Dorothy for her genuine concern and care, love, kindness and compassion, courage, creative teaching, inspiration and encouragement, and many faithful prayers.
I remember the first time I met Dorothy at the Servants Forum in Thailand. She spoke prophetic words of encouragement and challenge to us as Servants that week. And when she was appointed into leadership she continued to be a voice of encouragement and challenge for years to come. She was not afraid to hold unpopular positions, but always spoke them gently with a sparkle in her eye and a graceful smile. She visited us many times in Cambodia, always spending time to minister to us each pastorally. Dorothy affirmed my leadership giftings, even as a young whippersnapper, and gave me space to grow. Thank you for everything Dorothy. You impacted so many lives.
Nourishment for the needy
We are in great need and desperately search out refreshing sources of grace and find they are so freely available to us - e.g. in daily communion. As we share we enter into that open limitless horizon where God has removed all barriers and we meet Jesus - and are comforted by the faith of every Christian of every age - their only hope and ours is in this precious truth- Behold I am with you always to the end of time (Matt 28:20). "With you always" even today in our need, Lord Jesus.
Endure suffering 2 Timothy 2:3
I was disturbed by this verse and a short commentary on it that pointed that Jesus saved us through His suffering not through His actions in ministry. So our suffering achieves far more than all our actions (which can be self gratifying). We are encouraged to accept the suffering in our lives, then great things will be accomplished for the Kingdom. Hard word. Not what I wanted to hear on the day after visiting the oncologist. Help me Jesus to embrace suffering in such a way that advances Your Kingdom. Help me as I can't quite see how this can happen but I accept this as the way of peace.
Helpless but in awe
Entering more deeply into pain and the unknown confronts me with a helplessness I have not experienced before. But there is majestic awe here too as Jesus is there not offering answers but Himself. I grasp on to Him as much as I can but know He won't lose hold of my feeble reaching out. Not expecting the big healing moments but the daily encounters of awe, draining the helpless of horror.
The loving view
Today I read from Ps 84 of a wonderful way to view one another: "God of Heaven's Armies, you find so much beauty in your people! They're like lovey sanctuaries of your presence." My husband George is like this - a beautiful mobile sanctuary of the presence of Jesus. I want to view others this way also - mobile sanctuaries of the presence of Jesus. Then Ps 84 continues about these people: " Even when their path winds through the dark valley of tears they dig deep to find a pleasant pool where others find only pain" (verse 6). This is The Passion Version and often has this footnote - implied in the text. But I really like these implications!