I was blessed to be brought up in the small village of Surry, NH just around the corner from a church where the Bible was clearly taught. I accepted Christ as Savior at the age of 6. Some very special people in my home church discipled me and helped me grow in my faith. Being a “church kid” I often questioned my salvation but when I was 13 I was sure of my salvation. The next step in my walk with the Lord was to be baptized. Our church did not have a baptismal tank so we used the pond at Monadnock Ministries. It was here that I was baptized!
When I was a teen Monadnock hosted gospel concerts and smorgasbords on the weekends so I came to Monadnock with my parents many times. We sometimes camped in the campground. It was such fun!
I remember when I turned 16 I wanted to purchase a new Bible. I went to the Jaffrey Bible House where Harold Duff, a frequent and favorite speaker at MBC, recommended a Thompson Chain Reference Bible which I used while at Glen Cove Bible College (Mr. Duff’s school) and for many years after.
While at Bible College I met and married my husband, Donn Williams. We lived in Maine for a few months before returning to my home church in Surry, NH where Donn was put on staff as assistant pastor. We were there for two years when God moved us to Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada. We pastored the North Road Baptist Church for 24 years. We were both very involved with the ambulance and fire departments as well as the public school. After being in Canada for so long, we really thought we would stay in Canada so we became Canadian citizens, making us dual nationals. However, God had other ideas. He moved us back home again but this time we were called to minister at First Baptist Church of Troy, NH where we have been for almost 14 years. I decided to take time off from working and was a full time pastor’s wife for three years. During that time Donn and I attended Russ Bryant’s retirement celebration at Monadnock on Labor Day weekend. It was then that Donn discovered someone he had gone to Glen Cove Christian Academy with was the cook at Monadnock! What a small world to find John Theriault here as well as his wife Nita who also attended the Academy.
In December of that same year I prayed fervently that the Lord would open the door for me to find employment. A week later, at a women’s fellowship hosted by our church, Joan Mosher told me Monadnock was looking for a part time secretary. Within a week I was hired to work at Monadnock. After working part time for 2 1/2 years I became full time and have been here for over 10 years. Being a “people person” I love the interaction with our guests. Being a pastor’s wife, I have a heart for ministry.
It has been great to have Donn participate in the ministry here as well. He loves helping with the boats in the summer. It is a joy for him to talk with the campers and share in their life’s story. Because his passion is to teach the Word, he loves teaching workshops at some of the adult and family retreats. It was here that he met Dwight Knight and became connected with Challenge Ministries. We have made great friendships among the staff and guests and created many wonderful memories along the way.
When Donn and I were parents of young children we learned the value of Christian camping. We sent our kids to a Christian camp in Maine and took our camper to stay there for a few days. We did this for several summers. While our children were involved with the program at camp we had time to focus on each other and our relationship with the Lord. We heard great speakers. We heard great musicians. We had time to relax and do fun things. It is so important for Christians to have a safe place where they can get away from the responsibilities and stress of everyday life and have the time to focus on God’s Word, their relationship with Him, and fellowship with other believers. It is my prayer when our guests leave here that they will go home equipped and ready to make a spiritual impact in their homes, their schools or work place, their churches and their communities. What a difference it can make in our world!
I am often reminded of the fact that life is short so I want mine to count for eternity. I am grateful for the privilege of being able to serve the Lord as a pastor’s wife and also in guest services at Monadnock Ministries. Whether I am answering the phone, responding to emails, coordinating volunteers or rental groups, processing registrations, or doing room assignments, I try to remember Colossians 3:23,24, “Whatever you do, work heartily as for the lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Some of my best prayer time is as I commute to work in the morning. I often pray Psalms 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
Monadnock has definitely played a significant role in my life and still does to this day. I trust it will be the ministry God wants it to be for many years to come.