Our Beloved Dorcas

Dorcas

Acts 9:36-42

36 Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did. 37 And it happened at that time that she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her body, they laid it in an upper room. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, having heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him, imploring him, “Do not delay in coming to us.” 39 So Peter arose and went with them. When he arrived, they brought him into the upper room; and all the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing all the tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them. 40 But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up; and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 It became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

A little over a month ago our Dorcas, who has been part of our special little community of Kenyans ever since we began to serve there in 2011, fainted and fell into an open fire while she was cooking at home. She was admitted to the hospital in critical condition, and remains there, probably for several more weeks. This picture was taken three weeks after her accident.

Dorcas 4-15-16 B

In the same way that the power of the Living God raised the Dorcas of Scripture, He has rescued this sweet-spirited servant of His. We pray for her healing and good health, and for relief from pain, in a country where medical care is not of the quality we are used to here in the United States. May she soon be reunited with her husband and six children, the youngest of whom is John Alexander Holley Indeche!

John Holley - September 2014