Faith without works

If you have ever been to the Dogwood Festival rides or to a Farmville Central football, volleyball or basketball game, chances are good that you have seen Bobby Dunn. Bobby will turn 37 this June. He is a graduate of FCHS who is often in a wheelchair when out in public due to cerebral palsy. An extremely sociable guy, Bobby loves to be introduced to new friends, to be around people and to talk. Sadly, his father died over a year ago and his mother passed away many years before that. Now Bobby lives in an assisted living facility in Goldsboro called Somerset Court. He is very fortunate to have loving friends like Jay, Karen, Phil, Diane, Sheila and more who visit him, take him out for a meal or bring him home to spend a night or two. Bobby loves going to church and to youth group events. Worship Under the Son, Christian concerts, 5th Quarter and talking about Jesus are high on his list of favorite things. One day he hopes to get a chance to preach. Although he leaves Somerset Court every now and then, he is dissatisfied with living there. It must be very difficult to be so young at heart yet to live mostly with senior citizens and not with family. Bobby attended Farmville United at the Cross and spoke up, asking us to pray for him.  His dream is to be adopted and to come back to his beloved hometown.

We certainly need to pray for Bobby and for others who are lonely. We ask God to comfort them and to assure them of His love and grace. While praying, we also can take action.

“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:15-17)

There are people who appreciate prayers and cards but who also need the encouragement of being with people who care. It could be a home visit or a trip to get a meal. For Bobby, one of the biggest delights is getting to spend the night at a friend’s house. This summer let’s make it a priority to visit or invite into our homes a few people who would be cheered up by company.


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