Her name is Janice Helms. I met her two years ago when we moved to Geneva to work with the church here. At that time, she was our only small children’s Bible class teacher. We had one class, and sometimes just one little girl in that class. Still Janice continued to teach because of her love for the children. Today when she talks about the Lord and His church, a radiant smile spreads across her face. She always goes about doing good and leading by example. Recently Janice did the unimagineable She went out into our small town and invited the children to come. Soon her car was overflowing with small children wanting to come to Bible class. Desperate for help, she called the church office and asked to use the church van. Insurance legalities were arranged and Janice became a designated driver. She started coming early to the building on Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Wednesday evenings to drive the van and pick up the children. She was on a mission to bring the children in to learn about the Savior. Soon the van was overflowing, and she recruited her son and another young man to take their vehicles to go and bring the children to Bible class. It wasn’t long until her little Bible class was overflowing and we had to divide the children by age groups. Today, we have three Bible classes for children. Once a month Janice hosts a party for the children. This past Sunday afternoon she had 24 little children, wall to wall, in her small trailer for a pizza party. After the party she said, “God is so good. I just want to see His church grow.”
One person, one dream, one goal, and what a difference Janice Helms is making in the lives of us all. We now hear the sound of children’s voices ringing in the church building. May her example inspire us all to do greater works for Him who loves us so.