Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Missionary of Woodmont Needs Our Prayers Now

Nora Joiner is on staff at Woodmont Golf & Country Club as the housekeeper but she's really so much more than her official title there. Nora is a humble, absolutely selfless woman of God who consistently goes-the-extra mile to meet someone's need. She doesn't just dust and vacuum, she voluntarily climbs to the top of (too tall) ladders to replace light bulbs, cleans up litter blowing along the sidewalks, mops and scrubs walls, floors, and toilets. Iv'e seen Nora touch-up nicks and spots on walls with a small can of paint she purchased herself. She "keeps house" all over the entire country club area: from the tennis courts to the two swimming pool areas. I've seen her drive a golf cart across the busy intersection of Gaddis Rd. and East Cherokee Dr. to do some cleaning at the pool area. Shall I go on? Her work ethic is stellar and consistent. 

Anyone who knows her in our sprawling neighborhood is fully aware of her kind and gentle spirit, servant's heart and passion for God and prayer. Her office is a closet in the clubhouse but it's also a prayer closet for her as she prays for fellow employees, club members and residents who pop in the dining room for a quick bite of lunch.
 Nora Joiner in her supply closet that she also uses as her prayer closet at 
Woodmont Golf & Country Club. She has Bible verses posted around her closet.
It's to reminder herself where her strength comes from and that He'll keep helping her.

Nora always takes time with club members whether they are asking her to pray for them or whether she is inquiring about their families. Yep. That's Nora. Kind. Thoughtful. Beloved. 

In fact I'm sure she has no idea how many of us at Woodmont adore her. Adore her heart. Adore her as a person. Yep. It's true. 

And now Nora needs our prayers. Last Monday she had a colonoscopy and doctors found a mass on her colon. Surgery is scheduled to remove the cancerous mass, a portion of her colon and her appendix on Thursday, January 22. When Nora shared the news with me I asked her if I could let the "troops" know so they could be praying. She said in her humble manner, "Yes, that would be all right. Thank you."

The "troops" I was referring to were the countless number of women who attended one of the sessions of Woodmont Ladies Bible Study from 2000-2009. There are a bunch of us who have gathered over the years at the studies, whether we met in the clubhouse, the ladies' locker room or Cherokee Hall. Nora stopped by as often as she could and often would be cleaning where we were. She rarely could stay the whole time because she was working or on a short break. 
Woodmont Ladies Bible Study, 2003. Nora is in middle row, second from right, shoulder-length hair, navy hoodie.


Even Nora's fellow Woodmont employees knew when our study was gathering because they would ask her just before the study started, "Nora, I know your study is today, will you ask the ladies for pray for me?" Honestly. They knew she loved and trusted her God! That's quite a testimony of her gentle but powerful influence. And when she showed up she'd tell us who was asking for prayer. We were thankful for the privilege to pray, too. Pretty cool, huh? This went on for the nine years I hosted the study! 
Woodmont Ladies Bible Study, 2004 
Nora is seated front row, second from left.



And that's how we started calling her the Missionary of Woodmont. She knows the names of so many members and she's watched our children grow up! She scatters God's love all over the entire neighborhood. Now it's our turn to pour out love and prayers for her! 

May God be glorified in restoring her health!
Polly

FINANCIAL DONATIONS TO HELP THE JOINER FAMILY WITH MEDICAL EXPENSES 

can be dropped off at the Woodmont Clubhouse offices of: Hannah Hilton, Woodmont 

Membership & Social Director,(hannah.hilton@woodmontgolfclub.com) and/or Patricia 

Gaskins, Woodmont Club accountant, (patricia.gaskins@woodmontgolfclub.com) They will 

collect donations (cash or checks made our to Nora Joiner) and secure them for the family.

If you would like to send Nora a card of encouragement:
Nora Joiner
129 Sequoyah Circle
Canton, GA 30115