By: Lisa Wilmore
Letter to Rev. Dr. Jacquelyn Simmons
Dear Dr. Simmons,
I know that this letter will come as a surprise to you. However, I must write what is in my heart. After spending the last four years with you in deep bible study and privately shared moments, I have witnessed your modest behavior as well as your dislike to be celebrated as a person who has done great things. Yet, this morning, I am compelled to write a letter to you encouraging you to “keep on keeping on” as well as give God the glory for using you in a mighty way.
Four years ago, I was in an uncomfortable place as I struggled with decisions that would impact the rest of my life. I thank God for placing you in the right place at the right time. During this time of my life, God allowed me to confide in you concerning my struggles. After listening, your words of wisdom were, “The battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s.” Certainly, these words gave me confidence and strength. As a result, I knew that everything would be alright. Consequently, you did not stop there. You kept encouraging me to continue the fight using the word of God as my weapon. Thank you, Dr. Simmons, for your friendship inclusive of your willingness to extend your hand to help me and many others.
On this past Sunday, the Lord allowed you, family and friends to celebrate forty (40) years of his Healing Service Ministry at the Triumph Baptist Church (Rev. Eddie Stewart, Pastor). The theme was, “God always has a master plan.” Yes, he does. When the Healing Service began, I was eleven years old. I would have never thought that forty years later, a servant of God with such dedication and commitment to do his will, would serve as a mentor and friend to me. I am appreciative of the bible lessons, humility speeches, paving the way for God’s given writing ministry, and so much more.
Dr. Simmons, I could go on and on, but there is not enough space to write the many things you have done. Besides, I do not want to get in deeper trouble (smile). So, I will end with the beginning in mind, “keep on keeping on”. Thank God for your commitment to his Healing Service which allowed many to speak for their first time, including me. Continue to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Love you much!
Your student, friend, and daughter in Christ