Footprints That We Leave

footprintsThe November 17, 2017, post on the NHIM website, “Remembering Our Friend, Gary Bailey”, shares the wonderful contribution Gary made to New Hope’s ministry. George Hall, a longtime friend of mine, read a copy of the November article. He said, “I was touched by the tribute you wrote.” George talked to me about Gary’s ministry with NHIM through exquisite handcrafted writing instruments that Gary made and donated. George told me that as a hobby, he made pens similar to the ones Gary had made. Moved by the ‘footprints’ Gary left behind, George wanted to follow Gary’s example by continuing his ministry. He wanted to provide these beautiful one-of-a-kind writing instruments to help support our ministry in Eastern Kentucky.

What a blessing to our work! What a tribute to Gary, a man who quietly went about helping others. Gary used his craft as a creative way to financially support missions. I believe George will also derive great pleasure and blessings as he makes pens to help write the Good News of the gospel on the tablets of men’s hearts.

At Gary’s Funeral service, Steve Green’s beautiful song, Find Us Faithful, was sung. It stirred the hearts of family and friends alike as it related such a meaningful message.

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful –
May the fire of our devotion light their way.
May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe,
And the lives we live inspire them to obey.

After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone,
And our children sift through all we’ve left behind,
May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover
Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find.

Prayer: Lord may I leave footprints that lead someone to Jesus. May my life inspire at least one person to use their talents to serve Him.

~ Brother Roy



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