This month we wanted to interview Doreen Blake, she is part of our church leadership. You may think you know Doreen , but this lady has an amazing testimony that is such of inspiration for all of us.
Q: Doreen, how long have you attended Beavertown Bible Church and how has this ministry impacted your life?
A: My late husband, Frank, and I had attended and supported this ministry for a number of years before retiring and moving here in May 2011. We were both thrilled with the in-depth Bible teaching we had been seeking. As a widow with no immediate family close by, my church friends have become my family.
Q: Which is your favorite Bible verse and why?
A: Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God..." has been one of my favorites because dwelling on that verse brings everything into
focus for me.
Q: You struggled with cancer in 2007 and by God's grace you are now in remission. Can you tell us more about that experience? How did it change your dependency on Christ?
A: With no warning signs, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 endometrial (uterine) cancer and went through surgery in March of that year followed by radiation and chemo. My last infusion was the week before Christmas. While I allowed the tears to flow when first told of my situation, my faith told me early on that I was safe in God's hands. I knew that whether God healed me in this life or chose to call me Home, it was a win-win situation for me. My husband and I would pray together and that gave both of us great comfort.
Q: We all go through trials in life and although it is never easy, you had a fair amount of them. Looking back, what did you learn? What can you tell others who are going through similar trials?
A: I learned that God is faithful and that He has a plan and purpose for each of us. In my lifetime I've weathered not one, but two, painful divorces; the loss of a son at 8 1/2 months in utero; and the death of my husband after 26 years of marriage. I am so thankful for having been raised in a Christian home and saved at the age of 13. Knowing and memorizing Scripture is the best advice I can offer anyone. Choosing friends who lift you up instead of pulling you down is vital. Find a Bible believing church (ours if you live within driving distance!) and seek the Lord continually. Jesus loves you. His ear is turned to your cry.
Q: On the fun side, do you have any favorite hobbies?
A: In the past year I've challenged myself in painting with acrylics. I'm not an artist but I'm having fun. In addition, I enjoy just about anything I can make by hand.