Pure and undefiled religion…

KevinJames 1:27 This is pure and undefiled religion in sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

This scripture really came alive during the past couple of days.  God divinely lead us to a lovely, amazing, and beautiful elderly widow named Ela May.  Ela May was born in New Orleans 82 years ago.  She and her husband are ordained ministers and her relationship with Chist speaks for itself.  The fruits of the Spirit are constantly on display with this awesome woman of God.  Seeing her lovely smile, the peace in her eyes and listening to the joy in singing, one would wonder how she does it.

Ela May’s living conditions are a little rough.  Her lovely home is basically crumbling down around her each and every day.  She does not have any running water (which means no restroom facilities) and only has electricity in certain areas of the house.  The exterior kitchen wall is beyond repair due to several years of water damage.  Certain areas of the ceiling reveal the rafters as the plaster continues to decay and crumble into pieces.  There is a section in the living room wall where the dry wall has rotted out and is now exposing the studs.  She covered this area with a blanket and acts as if it doesn’t exist.

A local outreach group called United Saints has teamed up with a national group called AmeriCorp.  They have taken on this project and call it “Ela May”.  Some of the many  plans are to replace the the exterior kitchen wall and jack the floor up in this room as well, install new plumbing throughout the house, rebuild both bathrooms from the ground up and replace and paint some of the exterior siding.

I could write about what we did at Ela May’s house but I’m pretty sure this has been covered by others.  What I am going to write about is Ela May’s faith and relationship with Christ.  This woman is absolutely amazing.  To see such love, peace, hope, faith and joy in this woman is so breath taking.  There are at least 15 people coming in and out of her house all day.  Pounding, sawing and basically ripping apart her house, Ela May isn’t the least bit distracted.  The frail body of this 82 year old woman keeps moving as if nothing is going on.  She joyfully sings as she folds her torn and tattered clothes, over and over again.  Other times she sits on her porch and just peacefully gazes across the street where a cemetary resides.  When she was asked why she decided to live there, she replied that she wanted to be closer to going to going heaven.  The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self control.  Ela May, through the Holy Spirit, displays each of these fruits in such a graceful way.  Without her saying much, Ela May has really shown me an example of what it is to have a deep faith in our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.


~ by Celebration Missions on June 28, 2009.

3 Responses to “Pure and undefiled religion…”

  1. Kev- your four-word title and picture says it all…who needs content in their blog lol 🙂

    • I know! God prevails once again with a different plan. My plan was to stay up until 1:00AM writing a blog, which I did. He said a header is all I need.

  2. Great blog Kev! Amazing to see how the ones closer to God don’t even flinch anymore at the things of this world that distract us or take our attention away from Him. Nothing else matters to her, but her spirit and the peace and joy inside of her. What an amazing example she is… and how beautifully God uses her to bring out the best in the ones that surround her and are obedient to His call to help her with the other things in her life! Amen!

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