Letters to the Editor
This last weekend, I took a brief camping trip to Wind Creek State Park in Alabama. My husband planned tojoin me later that day after he finishedwork, so I chose to go set up campmid‐morning. He had bought me anew tent for law school graduationand our anniversary and we wereexcited to use it.When I left Montgomery, theweather was great. Unfortunately, bythe time I got to the campground, theweather had unexpectedly taken aturn for the worse. After I checked inand was assigned a campsite, the gateattendants told me I had to set upcamp immediately or forfeit my spot.They wouldn't even let me sit in mycar for an hour until the worst of theweather warnings expired.Consequently, I had to set up thisnew six‐person tent‐‐by myself‐‐in thepouring rain. After over an hour of futility, I sat down on the bumper of my car next to what still barely evenresembled a tent. I just hung my headin defeat. My clothes were soaked. Myspirit was crushed. My tent had overan inch of water in the bottom.A few minutes later, a kind ladynamed Stephanie walked past mycampsite on her way to the bathhouse.From under the edge of her umbrella,she told me she was camping withother CMA members and would beright back with some help. Despite mystatement that I was okay and wouldeventually figure it out, she took onelook at my twisted pile of tent polesand mangled fabric and knew I was inneed. True to her word, less than fiveminutes later, she showed up withthree strong men in full rain gear whohelped me stand up my tent and get the rain fly attached. Hallelujah! Shealso brought me a big bowl of steam‐ing hot camp stew and even offeredme a change of dryclothes.Other campershad walked past methat morning andseen me struggling,yet no one hadoffered to help. I wastoo proud to reachout and ask for help.That morning, your Alabama CMAmembers truly embodied theChristian spirit. They not only minis‐tered through their good deeds, but they also welcomed my husband and Iinto their open‐air church service onSunday morning. Brother Randy gavea heartfelt sermon from the book of Isaiah that we all enjoyed.I don't know all of their names orhow to contact them,but could you pleasehelp me reach out and publicly thank the members of theBirmingham and PellCity CMA chapters(and possibly oth‐ers) that assistedme?I have attached a photo that I took with my phone and texted to my hus‐band shortly before help arrived. It'sas pitiful as it is hilarious.Sincerely,Ashley NorgardMontgomery, Alabama
Just a thought...
A Note from the Editor
od is still in the healingbusiness! Norman andBarbara Tyler, picturedbelow, served as CMA Goodie Repsfrom 2008 to 2012. Barb was in awheelchair for seven years. Godhealed her and now she is walking!She walked into the Goodie Store at the Eastern National Rally inMaine!“The crowd was amazed! Thosewho hadn’t been able to speak were talking, the crippled weremade well, the lame were walking,and the blind could see again! Andthey praised the God of Israel” (Matthew 15:31, NLT).
Norm and Barb are members of Won by One, chapter #877, out of Frederick,Maryland.