Pastor Tim Webster and the folks at Uniontown Bible Church in Union Bridge were the first church in Maryland to financially support us as missionaries to politicians with Capitol Commission.  What a great church they are with vision, authenticity and dedication under the strong leadership of godly elders. 

Tim, Lara, Rebekah, Nathan and Mark Webster

On February 5, Pastor Tim’s wife, Lara, went home to heaven after her cancer diagnosis about a year ago.  Through her illness, she kept a blog letting us know of her battle and keeping us well-informed with prayer requests.  It was an honor to lift up this dear family during that time.  Her sweet spirit and care for her family was evident in her testimony of grace during difficult days.  She encouraged me to trust Jesus more.

You can see this family’s testimony for yourself here.

On Sunday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. there will be a service celebrating Lara’s life at Westminster High School.  Would you pray for this church?  Pray for Tim and the kids – Rebekah, Nathan and Mark.  Pray in the weeks and months to come for their adjustment, for their faith, hope and love to deepen.

These words by the nineteenth-century pastor Octavius Winslow are a comfort:

It is solemnly true that there is a “time to die.” Ah! affecting thought- a “time to die!” A time when this mortal conflict will be over- when this heart will cease to feel, alike insensible to joy or sorrow- when this head will ache and these eyes will weep no more- best and holiest of all- a time “when this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal shall put on immortality,” and we shall “see Christ as He is, and be like Him.” If this be so, then, O Christian, why this anxious, trembling fear? Your time of death, with all its attendant circumstances, is in the Lord’s hand. All is appointed and arranged by Him who loves you, and who redeemed you- infinite goodness, wisdom, and faithfulness consulting your highest happiness in each circumstance of your departure. The final sickness cannot come, the “last enemy” cannot strike, until He bids it. All is in His hand. Then calmly, confidingly, leave life’s closing scene with Him. You cannot die away from Jesus. Whether your spirit wings its flight at home or abroad, amid strangers or friends, by a lingering process or by a sudden stroke, in brightness or in gloom, Jesus will be with you; and, upheld by His grace, and cheered with His presence, you shall triumphantly exclaim, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me: your rod and your staff, they comfort me,” bearing your dying testimony to the faithfulness of God, and the preciousness of His promises. My time to die is in Your hand, O Lord, and there I calmly leave it.