From the desk of Pastor Jan ….. Wonder Women

Wonder Woman is the super heroine I grew up with. I would imitate her turning in circles to transform into Wonder Woman. Our Filipino super heroine is Darna. Narda, a handicapped woman (with crutches) would swallow the “magical stone” and shouts “Darna” for her to transform into Darna, the super heroine. Their storyline was an ordinary woman with superpower help save the day. But their identity was concealed. After their heroic act, they turned back to an ordinary, seemingly weak person. Anyways, they are fictional characters. <!–split–>

I am blessed to meet real life Wonder Women, whose superpowers are live out in their daily lives. I would like to praise and thank our Almighty God for knowing Doris Lee, Selma Johnson and Marge Vatt, the Wonder Women of Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church (BWUMC). Let me tell you why.

Doris fabulously turned 100 last August 26th. She is a mother of 3, with 6 grandkids and 2 great grandkids. Her caring hands worked as a registered nurse, culminating as Director of Nursing at Illini Hospital in Silvis. She became a member of BWUMC in 1998. Since then, she actively involved in church ministries like chair of Mission Team, United Women in Faith (UWF) President, coordinator and then Vice-President in UWF District level. She headed the Bread of Life Ministry, she baked breads to welcome newcomers. Now, she still volunteers as our Sunday Worship Greeter and participates in church events.

Selma will wonderfully turn 99 on Sept 16th. Her artistic, skillful hands inspire people who hear her play the piano. She played at Von Mour. At BWUMC, she taught Sunday School classes and willingly played for church special services like weddings, funerals, and some other events. Now, she occasionally gives special music in the church and monthly plays at our worship service in Park Vista Retirement Homes.

Marge amazingly turned 98 last July 27th. She is the only member of BWUMC since birth. The 4th generation of her family. 98 years of sharing her lovely smile in the church. She taught in Sunday School and Bible School. A mother of two daughters and grandmother of 2 granddaughters. She battled against some types of colon and facial cancers for more than 50 years. Yet it did not hinder her from serving her family, the church, and the community. Since January of this year, she has been in bed at River Crossing Nursing Home, but she keeps her upbeat and positive spirit. Casting her sweetest smiles to all the people.

Their superpowers are faith in God, resilience, and loving care. They have defeated many life adversaries and are still courageously fighting daily life battles. They have celebrated many life victories and are still happy to see each new day. They all claimed that their source of strength is our God Almighty. By God’s grace they became wonderful wonder women.

Goodbye Linda Carter and Narda, hello Doris, Selma, and Marge. You are now my super heroines, my inspiration to live by. You are the woman in Proverbs 31:30-31,

“Charm can be deceiving, and beauty fades away, but a woman who honors the Lord deserves to be praised. Show her respect— praise her in public for what she has done.”