Live Wires

Community Participation, Inspiration 5 Comments »

You can reach me by phone any Wednesday morning at 10:30 at the following number:1.877.807.9873. You will join eight to ten other people who have tuned in to Live Wires, a conference call sponsored by my church for people who are unable to attend Sunday School.

There are five of us who take turns teaching the international Sunday School lesson of the Methodist church. We phone the members in advance to remind them to make the call. When we are all connected, we chat a little, voice our concerns and joys, and begin the lesson. At first there was little interaction but now, after more than four years, all the members chime in with their relevant thoughts and experiences. We always close with prayer and good wishes for the coming week.

Several weeks ago, during a severe windstorm, I was teaching the lesson and wondered why there were no answers to my questions. After about 15 minutes, I realized that the electricity was off and my phone was not transmitting; I was talking to myself! We laughed about it later, and they told me that they had gone on with the lesson, sharing their thoughts.

Because we deliver the lesson books quarterly, we have visited all the participants in their homes, retirement homes, and nursing homes, and feel as if we are close friends. Several times members have had to leave their homes and move to a facility close to family. Because our phone number is an 800 number, they have been able to keep in touch and bridge the distance. I think this has helped with the transition.

Now we are a family, and that sometimes entails the pain of losing a member. Last week the other teachers and I attended the funeral of one of our most dedicated students. We learned that we were her only connection to the church and were told by her daughter how much we had meant to her in her long illness. We were family.

I think Billy has captured the essence of this mission. On Wednesday morning, he says, “Well, Mom, are you ready for Love Wires?”

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