A Polished Stone

A Polished Stone

Today, Friday August 23, 2013, is Bev Abma's last day with Foods Resource Bank. Please hold her in your thoughts and prayers as she begins a new phase in her life.

If you've ever been carried across a river on the back of a nice young Bolivian man, you might be Bev Abma.

If you make it a rule NEVER to ask what it is you’re eating, you might be Bev Abma.

If you've ever accepted a live chicken as a thank-you gift on your way out of an African village, you might be Bev Abma.

As we approach retirement, we often wonder have we made a difference or would life be the same if we had not passed through it. Most of us have a small sphere of influence that we can look to and see where we have left our mark, but others, like Bev Abma, can never fathom the extent to which their influence has reached. 

If your vehicle has ever broken down in the middle of Africa, days from civilization in any direction, and the first person who happens along the road is someone you know, you might be Bev Abma.

Much like the stones Bev likes to collect, through disappointments and tragedy, her life was shaped and polished, making her into a strong and influential women. She, of course, would never consider herself to be that, but many are changed people because they have had contact with Bev.  Across the globe she is held in high esteem, for her gentle encouragement and selflessness. She has a special way of helping others to see their God given gifts so that they too can benefit others. She is a tireless woman of God, always reaching out to others. 

As a young woman she was struck by the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

She has certainly lived the theme of this prayer.

If you've ever jumped right in and helped women in Africa dig a water pan, you’re probably Bev Abma.

If someone in the Peruvian Andes has ever wrapped a beautiful handwoven blanket around your shoulders to show the high esteem you have earned in the village, you’ve gotta be Bev Abma,

If you see everything in the world, and all the people in it, as a blessing from God, it’s clear: you ARE Bev Abma.

As Bev begins a new chapter in her life’s journey, we all wish her well and are thankful that she has passed our way. 

By Judy Dayton, FRB Volunteer

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