By Lois Tomc

My mother was a strong influence in my life. From her I learned many things which I still use today. She was the church organist for twenty five years and took leadership in church and community organizations.

She encouraged me to develop musical skills and to participate in events that involved public speaking. Being a teacher, she naturally encouraged me to strive for excellence in school, as well as in such practical areas as sewing and cooking. Much of who I am today, I owe to her guidance. However, there were other family members and teachers who helped to frame my life.

My aunt and my great aunt were both particularly instrumental in shaping my priorities and encouraging me in my walk with the Lord. Other role models, including many of the ladies at Kingsview over the last fifty years of my attendance here, have been women who have impacted my life in a positive way. Mothers most certainly have an important role to play.

But, let us not forget that we can play a part in nurturing and caring for those within our own circle of influence. Look around and be surprised at how many there are in that circle – both young and older. Then, reach out and be His hands and feet in a hurting world.