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Lois Brown, Volunteer, American Cancer Society

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RRJ: Many people can relate to the role “going to church” played in your early exposure to Christianity.  What were some of the benefits you received being raised in the church?

Lois: In early childhood the “going to church” axiom and activity was quite a significant phase in my life.  Reluctant and unknowing though I was at that time, I came to realize that it was the methodology, the procedures, prayers, songs, the spiritual messages and the people involved in the church meetings and worship services that helped to shape my life and prepare me to shoulder the adversities and difficulties, as well as the mountaintop experiences I would eventually encounter.

 

RRJ: Even though you had been taught about Christ and valued His ways, something happened between you and God in your early 30s when your mother passed away.  How did her death bring about a change in your relationship with God?

 

Lois: Even though those aspects of worship I have just described were in my life, they all seemed to vanish when my mother died.  At that time I was married with three children. Though I had the benefit of an understanding husband, a father, and seven older siblings to help me through this trying ordeal, I felt that my life was over.  My mother’s death, so I thought, was the deepest pain I would ever feel in my lifetime.  I began to ask why my mother and what was I going to do.  One day,  as I began to hold my “pity party”, in the quietness of my mind and heart, I heard God tell me to pray.  “Pray as you have so many times heard your mother pray.”  I obeyed and was blessed.  From that point on, God was really FIRST in my life.

 

RRJ: Did that more intimate relationship with Christ affect the way you lived your life?  Can you give some examples?

 

Lois: I really want those who read this interview to know that sometimes God will take away that which you love and treasure the most to help you to realize that your commitment should be to Him.  My life with God took on an intimacy that is still with me 40 years later.  I spend much of my time studying the Bible and other related books, and in prayer for preparation to teach an adult Sunday School class and for group Bible Study and discussion.  Not only for those purposes, but for my own personal and spiritual growth in Christ.

 

RRJ: Thirty years after your mother’s passing God used another difficult loss to redirect your life’s focus when your son passed away from stomach cancer.  Since that time you have devoted yourself to working with the American Cancer Society.  How are you being God’s ambassador through your work with ACS?

 

Lois: I really needed all of the sermons, God’s Word, the prayers, the intimacy with God through Jesus and the further development of my faith to keep me spiritually grounded when my only son died of stomach cancer in 2005.  Though the “storms of life” raged within me and caused me to become physically weak and distraught, God kept me.  I experienced a kind of pain, I believe, only a mother can know.  However deep and real my pain actually was, God’s grace to me became more profound and I could actually feel the peace that only He can give.

 

As a result of my son’s short bout with cancer and his death within one year, I was compelled to do something to help individuals stricken with cancer in any way that I could.  I became a volunteer with the American Cancer Society.  Our family participates each year in Relay for Life to raise money and support cancer patients.  I then accepted the chairmanship of the “Road to Recovery” program, a program composed of volunteers who use their personal vehicles to transport cancer patients to their treatment sites.  We are in need of volunteers for this mission.  For further information, please contact the American Cancer Society on McGehee Road in Montgomery. You will not regret rendering this service to others.

 

RRJ: When you give yourself away to others by serving them, not only do you bless those you serve, you also are blessed.  What is one blessing you receive as you serve others?

 

Lois: For me it has been and still is a blessing.  I have met so many wonderful people whose paths otherwise may not have crossed with mine.  More than that, God blesses me to be physically and spiritually able to give assistance to others and to my family.  In fact, God extends the blessings to my own family members in ways that we can never say thank you to God enough. To be able, through God, to do something for someone that they cannot do for themselves is indeed a blessing.  Opportunities to help others should not go unanswered or unnoticed.  Some opportunities will not return.

 

 

Lois Brown is married to Joe L. Brown and is the mother of three children: one son, Baron (deceased), two daughters, Janice Avery, Mathematics Professor, and Teri Brown,  RN with Public Health, State of AL.  She is retired from Tuskegee University where she served as assistant to the Vice President for Business and Fiscal Affairs. Lois and Joe have five grandchildren.

 

 

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