About a month before our first Mother’s Day at Friends for Life, I got a call from a nursing home asking if we could provide corsages for all the female residents? Well, I had no money and didn’t know how to make a corsage. The activity director explained how painful Mother’s Day is for the residents and I agreed to furnish the corsages. The Friday before Mother’s Day I still had no money, no flowers and no way to get either. I also had no idea how to turn flowers into corsages if I did get some. I went to my husband’s office and shared my discouragement. He said, “Inez, get your mind back on your ministry and everything will be all right.” I said, “Okay, then I am going to Wolfe Nursery.”
I gathered up everything I thought might turn into a corsage in the hands of someone had who knew how to make one. I was trying to think of some way to explain that I had no money when the cashier at the register said, “Are you Inez Russell with Friends for Life?” I managed to say ‘yes’ and he said, “there is someone here looking for you”. He took me to find a lady who said, “I asked God this morning who to give this money to and He told me to come find you.” With that, she handed me forty dollars and left. I went back to the cashier and he rang up my flower parts. The total was $39.94!
When I got back to the office, I poured out the contents of the sacks onto a table and I sat there staring at them. I looked up to see an elderly lady standing in the doorway. “What are you doing?” she asked. “I am trying to figure out how to make a corsage.” To my amazement, she said, “I love to make corsages. Can I help?” Several more ladies came that afternoon to help me make all the corsages and they even delivered them to the nursing home! Please contact Inez at 254-772-8100 x 106.