We’ve got some serious prayer warriors that work and volunteer here at The Cove. This is Betty who celebrated her 92nd birthday this week.
Betty has volunteered at The Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center here at The Cove for 26 years! When she first started volunteering, she gave tours to our visitors. Betty is now faithfully volunteering every Friday–dedicated to praying for our visitors, guests, fellow volunteers and staff.
When this picture was taken, Betty had already prayed for 481 people. No, that’s not a typo–four hundred eighty one–all covered in prayer before noon! How does she keep track? She makes a check next to their name or on their prayer request card and keeps a running tally.
At 92, Betty is sweet, sharp as a tack and quick witted. If you are visiting us on a Friday morning, make sure to stop by and say hello to her.
Fun fact: Betty earned 12 varsity letters while in high school.
Would you like to volunteer at The Cove? Click here to complete a volunteer application.
Make a plan to visit The Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitor’s Center. Tours are free. Click here for hours of operation and directions.
If you’ve had the opportunity to stay in one of the two inns on our property, you know how clean and comfortable the rooms are. You may even know that your bed–in fact your entire room–was prayed over before your arrival.
Today, we’d like you to meet one of the special people who are responsible for The Cove’s clean and prayed-over rooms.
Linda has been a part of the housekeeping staff at The Cove since October 2004. After working with her husband in the home improvement field for years, Linda’s daughter, who was on The Cove’s housekeeping staff at the time, asked her mom to come and work with her. Having suffered from back problems all her life, Linda told her daughter, “My back wouldn’t take it.” She did, however, agree to volunteer some. After volunteering for several months, Linda was asked to join the team as an employee and she agreed.
You’re probably wondering why Linda decided to accept employment despite her history of back pain. When asked, she replied with a warm smile, “It’s like a healing has taken place. It’s very physically demanding, but it’s not like work. I know this is where God wants me.” Linda continues by sharing a Scripture that she has proven to be true: “As thy days, so shall thy strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25).
Serving at The Cove is a bit of a family affair. Not only did Linda’s daughter work here, but her sister, Ruth, does too. “My sister and I make beds together,” Linda says.
While Linda enjoys the time of fellowship with her sister, she says the entire housekeeping team is like a family.
“When a new housekeeper comes, we adopt her in like a little sister, and if it’s an older one, it’s another mama. There is just a bond here that we can’t explain.”
Every Day Steeped in Prayer.
During the week, before Linda comes to work, she begins her days attending prayer time from 6 – 7 a.m. at her church. But, the prayer doesn’t stop there.
It’s a well-known fact that The Cove housekeepers pray over the rooms as they clean. Linda said, “It’s like the Scripture, ‘pray without ceasing’; that’s what we do, we pray as we go.” She adds, “I also make it a point to pray for the guests when I go home, when I’m not distracted with anything else. I pray that as they come, God would take care of everything back home for them so they can get away without anything distracting them.”
So whether it’s cleaning, stocking or checking rooms, Linda’s heart is full with anticipation of the good things the Lord has for her and each of our guests here at The Cove every day.
“Every day I come through the gate, it’s a new day and a total new world. Mr. and Mrs. Graham’s vision became provision for so many people.”
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Spring is blooming all around us at The Cove and we want to rejoice in the Lord’s beauty with you!
Check out some of our special products carried at Ruth’s Attic Bookstore here at The Cove that would be perfect for celebrating mom on Mother’s day (it’s just around the corner–Sunday May 10) or maybe treat yourself to something nice!
Spring Bird Painting: $33.00 (Limited quantities available.)
Footprints of a Pilgrim: $22.99 Treasured Moments with Mother Graham:$14.99 Letters from Ruth’s Attic:$9.95
Bangles From Heaven Sterling Silver Bracelet: $82.99 (Also available in silver plated, call for details and price.)
Spring Teapot: $30, Mug: $12 (Limited quantities available.)
Cove Special Blend Whole Bean Coffee: $13.99 Billy Graham Training Center Mug with lid/coaster in colbalt blue: $11.99
Lamb Over Me Chinese Symbol Ruth Bell Graham was born in China to missionary parents and carried a lifelong love for the people of this land. The “Chinese character for Righteousness” is placed at the top of the stone on her resting site at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC. The same character is on her father’s gravestone. Her father served as a medical doctor in China for 25 years. Ruth Graham’s “Lamb Over Me” Pendant: $19.99
Blessings to you!
To order any of the products seen on this post, you may either purchase on-property at Ruth”s Attic bookstore, by phone at 1-800-950-2092 (menu 3) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give the gift with eternal benefits. Cove gift certificates make the perfect gift for your loved ones. To order a gift certificate call 1-800-950-2092.
This doe was nursing her fawn right near the gatehouse. We have also seen a fawn running through the meadow with it’s little spindly legs flying. Love when God allows us to witness such beautiful moments.
On Sunday March 9, from 12:30pm – 3:45pm, join us for our annual Women’s Spring Luncheon!
You will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and fellowship with friends, new and old, followed by a sweet time of worship and an uplifting message titled, The Cultivation of a Woman’s Heart by Christine Wrytzen.
Christine is the founder and director of women’s ministry Daughters of Promise, a Bible teacher, storyteller, and a Dove Award-nominated artist who’s recorded 18 albums. She is also an author and host of two radio programs—the daily syndicated feature Daughters of Promise and the weekly half hour program she hosts with her daughter Jaime Wyrtzen Lauze called Nighttime.
Cost is $29. For more information and to register, click hereor call 1-800-950-2092.
See you on March 9th!
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