Saturday, March 24, 2018

My Friend Sis. Naomi Frank

Hey Friends,

This is Odie checking in from the road. Today we are traveling to Douglas, Georgia. We always have a fabulous time with Pastor Marshall Adock and our friends at First Assembly. We will be there Sunday morning through Wednesday night and we are looking forward to it.

We spent a good bit of time running from storms last year in Douglas. The windowless sanctuary seemed like the safest place to be when tornado sirens went off at 4 AM on Sunday. What do you do in the middle of a tornado warning? We decided to do sound check.

I was also keeping a close eye on the local weather. The storms that night proved deadly for some, thankfully we were safe! It is definitely a memory that we will keep forever, but it is a memory that I do not desire to repeat! Hopefully this visit we will be free of bad storms. 

We received some sad news this week. This is the text that Bro. Richard Frank sent me early Tuesday morning. “Naomi has won her battle with cancer. At 3:10 AM she crossed the river to the other side of Eternity. She loved all her family and friends. Thank you so much for all the prayers. They have been answered with eternal healing.

Sis. Naomi at City Reach Fort Worth May 2016

Sis. Naomi was a true friend to so many people. I am thankful to have been on that list of friends. She carried my needs to God many times in prayer! She was a great encourager.

The Franks have been dear friends to us since our days of living in Wichita, Kansas. God brought us together when both families needed friends. We are very thankful for them. 

Bro. Richard and Sis. Naomi have been so supportive and encouraging while we have worked on the house project. Just last week when I spoke to them on the phone they were asking about the progress. Sis. Naomi had wanted to see the house on their next trip to Ohio. 

I will definitely miss Sis. Naomi Frank! I look forward to seeing her in Heaven. I can not believe my friend is gone. Thank God for the hope of Heaven! 

I do have one story to share. Back in 2005 I had surgery in Pensacola, Florida. I received a card from the Franks. Sis. Naomi had sent me a picture of flowers that she had cut out from a magazine. 

She wrote in the card, “Here are some flowers for you.” I cracked up laughing and have never forgotten that get well card. I love her sense of humor. Last week I text her a picture of some flowers to cheer her up. It was our little joke. 

Please join me in praying for Bro. Richard Frank. My heart breaks for him. He and Sis. Naomi were a team. They worked together in ministry for many years. Bro. Richard Frank needs the prayers of the family of God right now! 

Sis. Naomi and Bro. Richard Frank with Dad in Gainesville, Texas in January 2017. 

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. We are grateful that you spend some of your time with us. I hope you have a fantastic weekend. 


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