From time to time, the LRPC Press will be featuring one of the behind the scenes servants here at Loch Raven Presbyterian. Hopefully, these stories will encourage you in your walk with the Lord and perhaps give you ideas of ways you can serve Him either here at LRPC or in the community around us. Corey Sale interviewed Barbara Reed for our first feature.
When I approached Barbara Reed to do an article on what it is to be a servant-leader, she exhaled deeply, as if bracing for an extremely unpleasant task, and asked that I not write anything embarrassing. (Indeed, Barbara, I will do my best not to embarrass you.) After we’d spoken at length about her service in the church, it was that attitude of humility that stayed with me – Barbara’s unwillingness to take credit for what she considered God’s work in her. “It’s not my glory,” she explained simply, “It’s the Lord’s.” No attitude could better enable and inspire us to do His work.
Barbara is a living example of this, having been called to fill so many roles over the years as different needs arise in the church. Her acts of service read like a resume better suited to a Jack of all trades. From singing, directing and accompanying the choir to teaching Sunday School and VBS in addition to serving on the missions committee and tech team, Barbara has modeled a willing attitude towards serving even when her calling was not necessarily comfortable or convenient. As a Christian wife, schoolteacher and mother of three, it would have been easy to fall into the trap of being too busy to serve. Instead she has remained obedient to God’s call to serve, living out the truth of Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
God strengthened Barbara not only with the ability to perform these roles, but with the obedience and faithfulness to serve as she was able. Above and beyond her willingness, however, God blessed her with a true heart for one of her roles – that of serving on the missions committee. Having grown up with several missionaries in her life, Barbara has had a lifelong love for missions, one she worked to instill in her children as well. As they were growing up, she explained, her children deposited coins into a bank she fashioned out of a Pringles can in order to support missions, all the while receiving missionaries in their home, and eventually going on mission trips themselves. “All of us have been on mission trips,” Barbara said of her family. “That’s really been a central focus for our family.”
Whether serving on the missions committee, singing in the choir, organizing church events or keeping the projector running on Sunday mornings, Barbara and many others in our congregation lead by example, one that I pray our church members continue to follow. As Barbara stated during our interview, “we are called to be missionaries where we are,” to see every act of service as a witness to God’s kingdom and glory.
If you are looking for a way to get involved with Loch Raven or any partner missionaries or charities, head over to the Connect page, call or email the church office, or speak with your shepherding elder about opportunities to do so.