Greetings in the love of Christ:
I’m Kenneth Myers, son of Larry and Mary Lou, and Dad asked me to write the newsletter this month. Most of you know that my wife Shirley has served as secretary and office manager at Mexico Ministries for decades. She’s the one who helps with correspondence, bookkeeping, and making Dad’s newsletters actually make sense! What you may not know is that on Christmas night she went into the hospital with double pneumonia, and on January 9, after two weeks in the hospital, she unexpectedly passed away at the age of 58.
My father was studying in Genesis about Jacob and Rachel, about how Jacob was smitten with her, and how she was, “beautiful of form and face.” I’m here to tell you that Rachel didn't hold a candle to my Shirley Mae McSorley Myers. We met when I was 17 and married when I was 18 and this summer would have celebrated 40 years together. I have been incredibly blessed by God to be married to a woman who was on the one hand godly, caring, selfless, sacrificial, wise and gifted, and on the other hand a woman who was gorgeous, fun-loving, free-spirited, and adventurous. She was, as they say, the whole ball of wax. I hit the jackpot with Shirley.
Demure and unassuming, she was often in the background, but her touch, her ministry, her giving of herself, can be found all over the life of Mexico Ministries, not to mention our family’s. She will be deeply missed and I request your prayers for me, for our children and grandchildren, for Mom and Dad, and for all who knew and loved her. We are amazingly fortunate that she is being buried right here on our family land, just down the hill from our homes, so I’ll still be able to walk down and have morning coffee with her and the grandkids can visit Grandma when they come up to see PaPa.
St. Paul tells us that Christians, “do not grieve as those who have no hope” (1 Th. 4.13), but we still do grieve! It’s just that our grief is tempered by “the sure and certain hope” of the resurrection that awaits us in Christ. Until then, I will continue with my teaching ministry of Graceworks, I will help out Mexico Ministries by trying hard to fill Shirley’s shoes around here, and we will all keep pressing on. And now I have an even greater reason to yearn for “the restoration of all things as spoken by the prophets” (Acts 3.21).
Death isn’t good. In fact, according to Scripture it is the final enemy. But we have the promise that it will be destroyed, and, to quote Julian of Norwich, there will come a time when, “All shall be well. And all shall be well. And all manner of things shall be well.” This, after all, is what we labor for in ministry - to bring a foretaste of that promise to people in Mexico, to people everywhere; to help make a reality of Jesus’ prayer that, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
So pray for us, and let us keep pressing on to the higher calling of the Lord, and that day of blessed reunion for which we yearn. Oh - and you husbands - love the fire out of your wives.
God bless you,