Sunday, February 9, 2014
Meet Sarah John, M.B. - Medal of Bravery
I will tell you why I want you to know Sarah John. I think that if anyone had a reasonable excuse for curling up in a ball, shutting out the world, and feeling sorry for herself, it would be Sarah.
Instead, you will find Sarah burning up the hours of her day pouring her life out to serve students at the University of Toronto with a ministry called Power to Change.
It was almost exactly a year ago that it was announced that Sarah had received the Governor General's Medal of Bravery. Those of us who know Sarah are extremely thankful that she was honoured this way. I personally feel like it should have been on national news. Sarah would not have been pleased if it was.
Sarah was awarded for her bravery for her actions through an unimaginable personal horror. The murder of her mother and grandmother was front page news in Toronto. Her courage was displayed not only through the event itself but the extreme hardship of the trial.
It is amazing how God gives people strength for trials that none of us could anticipate. I came to know Sarah when she was a roommate of my eldest daughter, Kathy. The two young ladies shared a unique bond of empathy having both witnessed the passing of their mothers - Sarah's by crime and Kathy's by cancer. However, the greater bond was their mutual confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ. They were sisters in the Lord and neither believed that they were particularly strong. They believed that they belong to God and by God's grace, they belong to one another. As any of you who are parents know, that wasn't just God's gift to them. It was a gift of God to me.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." 2 Cor. 1:3-4
If you want to support Sarah in prayer or in her ministry, I asked if I could post her contact info. Here it is: sarah.john@p2c