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You’re Never Too Old for Ministry

Peggy Scott is in her 70’s, but she’s not done. Peggy has a heart to help people. She needed to find her niche. Like a lot of people, she needed a specific opportunity that others would appreciate. A friend of hers helped – she taught Peggy how to make cross-stitch crosses that could be given…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

Peggy Scott is in her 70’s, but she’s not done.

Peggy has a heart to help people. She needed to find her niche. Like a lot of people, she needed a specific opportunity that others would appreciate.

A friend of hers helped – she taught Peggy how to make cross-stitch crosses that could be given away. “You just have to promise me one thing,” the friend said. “These crosses can’t be sold, they have to be given away.”

Peggy began making the crosses. “My friend since died. I’ve continued her cross ministry and I’ve kept the promise I made to her,” she said.

Peggy introduced herself to me by mailing me one of her crosses and asking if I’d like more to give away. I thought that they might be a nice way of communicating love to others and I asked for more.

Each time she’d send me a package of the crosses, I’d send them out with one of our teams. When the team would come back with stories of how the crosses helped their ministry, I’d share them with Peggy.

“I remember sending the crosses to a missionary in Brazil,” she says. “I also sent all of the supplies and instructions so the children in VBS could make their own. They sent me back pictures of the project. I still remember their smiling faces, and look of joy when they held them up for a picture.”

Recently, she began training friends of hers how to make the crosses. Since 2016 to July 2019 she has sent out 6,000 crosses. 

Peggy told me, “I know they are all over the world and as God continues to open doors the Cross Project will continue. We are always praying for new places to send them.” And sure enough, Operation Christmas Child asked for a big shipment of them!

Some of you reading this have given up on ministry. Maybe life has been hard. Maybe you just can’t see how and where to reach out and help others. If so, let me encourage you to do what Peggy did.

Ask God if there is not something that you can do to put a smile on someone’s face. Peggy’s example shows us that God always has more for us to do.

Comments (8)

  • Yes and yes.
    My great-grandmother led Bible studies until she was over 100. She died at 104. Her last words to me as she fought gangrene were, “I am trying to be content.”

    My mom-in-law led people at a nursing home to Jesus well into her 90s. “These are their last years of life,” she would say. “Their time is short.” She also asked the Lord to “make her a blessing every day.”

    With our last breaths, may we be people who live for Christ. Soon enough, we will be in the “to die is gain” portion of eternity. Until then, we press on loving God and loving other here on earth.

  • This is awesome and amazing! I am so sorry it didn’t work out for me to come to meet you but I know when the timing is perfect it will come to pass. It is a new season and I am eager to wait in God for what is next.

  • I love this. I have been thinking a lot lately about the activation of the older generation – in particular my parent’s generation. And after thinking about my “why”, I landed on the idea that I want to show “there is always more.”, in particular with and when living out of Holy Spirit. I could expand upon that, but that ties into what you said at the end. “Peggy’s example shows us that God always has more for us to do.”

  • Thanks, Seth. Very insightful and apropos. Grateful you share the same ethic there is no such thing as “retirement” for a follower of Jesus. Love you my dear brother.
    Butch

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