“Whenever the Lord gives you something if you have the resources you should move on it because that pleases the Lord. So many people miss out on what God is doing waiting and debating. I’m convinced that God is going to move mightily through her and the evidence of that will be the other churches that ask for her program to be allowed in their churches. What Kendalynn does for the orphans and needy children is cute but, I mean c’mon who is she really doing that for? God will be pleased with her for using her law degree to help those children but He wants people to look good while they do whatever they do for Him. She could stand to take a lesson or two in the fashion category from Carmandi. Maybe that is one of the ways we can start mentoring her. Elaine is a bit nerdy but she has a great look that complements her personality. Kendalynn seems too young for the classic clothes she wears. If she is going to be a mega church first wife we’re going to have to help her in the fashion department. Her outside is going to have to match her insides, you know the beautiful parts.”
Kendalynn walks into the assisted living community and smiles at the woman behind the table. She recognizes her as one of the members profiled on Elaine’s ministry website. The young lady smiles and directs Kendalynn to a table in the back.
“I know branching out into the worldwide web seems overwhelming and intimidating for some but it won’t be as bad as you think. We have several volunteers ready to help you get online and create accounts to keep in touch with your loved ones. Welcome one of our volunteers, First Lady Kendalynn Thompson, she is going to be helping me get you ladies online. Let’s give her a great big round of applause.”
Kendalynn stands up and waves to the ladies and blushes. She smiles and sits down. Elaine looks up at the screen, and goes over the websites they’ll be looking at and creating accounts for with the volunteers.
The screen shuts off and Elaine steps from behind the podium. For over three hours Elaine and Kendalynn assist over twenty residents in setting up email and social family networking site accounts. After the last person is set up, one of the nurses and the head resident over the community service committee approach the podium and tap the microphone. Elaine and Kendalynn look up from their seats.
“Well, you young ladies have outdone yourselves today. We know it was only supposed to be one hour and you had several of your volunteers cancel on you. You stayed and helped all of us to get online way beyond the time this event was scheduled to take so we want to add your churches to our monthly giving fund. There are several of us who adopt different charities to help each month and your service here today touched us so much we want to add you to our list in the spots reserved for religious ministries.” The resident smiles at the ladies.
The other ladies at the tables on their computers stop and clap as Kendalynn and Elaine try to wipe the expressions of shock from their faces.
“Now the first donations will be rather meager normally no more than a few thousand dollars but once we become more familiar with them, people can choose to give more. Thank you again so much for hanging out with us old broads today, God bless you!” The resident leads the ladies in another round of applause.
Kendalynn and Elaine stay after a few more minutes helping several of the older women log off and make sure that the computers are all powered down before sitting at a table across from each other. Once all of the residents were gone Elaine shot up out of her chair and began twirling and dancing in a circle. Kendalynn stomps and claps to the traditional shout beat which makes Elaine double over in laughter.
“Can you believe this?” Elaine sits next to Kendalynn. “We’ve been praying for three months for money to start coming in to help us fund our local orphanage and now we can earmark their donations for it.”
“God is so good. If you serve him won’t He bless you? I really enjoyed myself. Think I could get some of the organizations I work with that have teens in foster care to do adopt a grandparent program. Many of these women expressed the desire to reach out but don’t know who to reach for or how.” Kendalynn said.
“Well God will work it out no matter what. It’s too bad the other ladies didn’t come. When they told you they couldn’t make it what did they say?” Elaine sat back in her chair and stretched her legs out.
“Oh, Elaine, I thought they may have contacted you. I don’t know what happened to Carmandi and Patronda. Maybe you can ask them next week when we go hear Patronda preach.” Kendalynn’s fingers strummed the table in a furied staccato rhythm.
“Oh, no, it’s alright. The people who were supposed to be here were here, because they wanted to be here. These women don’t deserve attention from someone who doesn’t want to give it to them. Believe me they would know.” Elaine stands up and stretches.
“Well I have a date with an extremely handsome man, so I’ll talk to you later.” Kendalynn stands up next to Elaine.
“Randy is out of town but he’ll be back tomorrow.” Elaine said.
“This is one of the weekends I'm glad we don’t have a whole bunch of rigmarole to do to prepare for services.” Kendalynn smiles as she walks toward the door.
“Amen to that,” Elaine follows Kendalynn out of the door and turns off the light outside the doors that go into the room.
The first lady is sitting in her office sipping water from a clear glass bottle. Her hair is almost perfect. She shakes her hair once and it falls into place.
“I thought about going to the old folks’ home but I was really busy. I even put it tentative in my planner but an appearance at a strip mall opening came up and I had to go and introduce myself to that community of new business owners.” Carmandi picks up her water and takes a sip, she sputters and gasps for air. It takes a few moments for her to catch her breath. “You’re saying these old women are going to be donating several thousand dollars a month to each of their ministries just for showing up and spending a few hours with them? Well, they do have small start up ministries they clearly need the money.”