Donor Stories

God’s Work Must Continue

“When I’m not Here, I Want God’s Work to Continue!”

—Sarah Godding , 2010

When Sister Sarah spoke these words, she knew that it would not be long before her illness ended her life. Yet she did not say them with sadness. She refused to allow even terminal illness to dampen her cheerful spirit and her love for God and for His church.

Her commitment to God and His church was exemplary. She dedicated all her talents to serving God and to making life easier for everyone she met. While in her late 40s in Montreal, when her church did not have a musician, she took piano lessons until she was sufficiently proficient to accompany the congregation in worship.  The wall in the entry hall of her home was a prayer wall, filled with the names of people for whom she constantly prayed.

Sarah loved people and not only devoted her life to helping them, but also compassionately ensured that they hear of Jesus and His love.  She did not want her death to bring an end to her work, so she made provision in her will that the church would continue it for her.

Sara’s legacy will help someone experience God’s saving grace.

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This donor story first appeared in the July 2012 issue of The Canadian Adventist Messenger magazine.


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