We are always loooking for stories of missional transformation to encourage, inspire and challenge each other along this journey. Recently we heard about this one, which seemed to do all three:
The thing is, Jeanine Clough didn’t necessarily set out to become ‘missional.’ A widow, living in a 300 person retirement complex, and wheelchair-bound, Clough just started praying. “When I had to use [the wheelchair] I knew the Lord would send me directions of how to witness given that I am basically homebound,” says Clough.
“When my husband died, I moved here--started praying with individuals with problems, new widows and widowers. One day a lady knocked at my door and said:"Ms.Jones told me to tell 'that lady in the wheelchair' to pray for her.” So began Clough’s ministry to her neighborhood.
“People come up to me in the lobby with requests for prayer. We go off to a quiet nook and pray. A lady brought a scout troop for me to show how elderly and handicapped live, and I had the opportunity to tell them how God helps us deal with our health problems,” says Clough.
“My theme song is that if everyone that calls himself a Christian practiced Discipleship wherever he is, we wouldn't need giant sanctuaries,gyms,etc--we would just need a center for worship and feeding the souls of Disciples so they can go out to their community,” Clough shares.
“I am 79 years old--but my heart is young with the song of Praise for my Lord. Go and do likewise.”