Last week our KY-MSC Family lost one of our longest-serving members. Bro. Jerrell White, who had served as a KY-MSC Missionary with the Earle C. Clements Job Corps in Morganfield since September 1999, went home to be with the Lord.
Bro. Jerrell was one of the most encouraging men I have ever met and was the “life of the party” whenever we met for our annual missionary retreats. During the last retreat he and Mrs. Connie attended, I walked out in the hall and heard singing. He had found a piano, recruited a pianist, gathered a group of the missionaries together, and they were singing the old hymns to the top of their lungs. Of course, I joined in. It was so much fun.
Nearly every time I talked with him, whether on the phone or in person, he thanked me for the leadership I gave to the missionaries and then asked to pray for me. I recall the evening I was working in western Kentucky, and they asked me to spend the night. Before bedtime he, Mrs. Connie, and I gathered in their living room for a time of singing, devotion, and prayer. It was such a special time and a memory I will never forget.
Arlene Miller, the KBC west region mobilization consultant shared, “Bro. Jerrell was an inspiration. He could do more than everybody else put together. When I called to get his report each year, he had been involved in more activities than all of us put together. This inspired me to want to try harder.”
Not only was Bro. Jerrell involved in “activities”, but you can be sure he was befriending and sharing the love of Christ with those he encountered. Every year he reported 8-15 men and women at Job Corps that he had led to faith in Christ. For his faithful service, Bro. Jerrell was chosen as the 2005 Kentucky MSC Missionary of the Year.
Bro. Jerrell, thank you committing your life to the Lord and for sharing Him with all of us. May we follow the example you set for us to love Him, serve Him, and share Him with others. We loved you and gonna miss you.
Please pray for Mrs. Connie and family during the difficult days ahead.