Never have I met anyone quite like Kira.
How do you picture a missionary? Serious, sedate, logical, holier than thou, determined to change your mind about religious stuff?
Kira was a missionary, but none of the above. She was a 70 something widow, talkative, enthusiastic, spontaneous, and could see humor in everything. She changed my mind on what a religious person looks like.
During Kira’s stay with us we were without a camera. But the dear lady pictured here displays the aura we experienced beautifully.
She would regale me with tales of things her dearly departed husband would do, laughing so hard I thought she was going to pee.
I wasn’t even aware of her existence until her presence was announced in church. Here on temporary furlough, she needed a place to live.
“I hear you have been sleeping around,” was my greeting when she came to the door.
With that said, she determined we were going to get along just fine.
It seemed so right, our children had grown and left home. Dave and I rattled in our large home. Kara’s personality filled it to full capacity.
She had so little, but her reason for being here was to rid herself of what she had. The home she raised her family in was only a couple miles from us. Her plan was to to fix it up and sell it.
“It ties me down and I don’t want anything dragging me away from where my heart is. “What a blessing to be planted right in the home of a remodeler, how perfect can it get? Only God could do that!”
Well yes. Don’t misconstrue my words. Dave loves helping others. It’s just that his job is a physical one and at the end of the day, he’s tired. She ran circles around both of us. Keep in mind, she was in her 70’s.
However, Kira had plans, “I could use some help, have you got the time?”
Those who know my man knows he’ll make the time.
After selling the house, her plans were thought out. “When I get old, I’ll return to the States. In my 80’s I’ll just take short-term mission trips.”
Kara’s goal was questionably commendable. She had a special needs son. Another son had deliberately removed himself from family ties. She has no idea where or how he is. Those are things that keep parents up at night. It puts them on their knees.
In so doing, Kira got a divine message.
“I’ve raised my kids and made sure my one boy is well cared for. Now it’s time to impact my new young friends that are so hungry for truth. I love doing that, letting others know about Jesus.”
She was eager to get back to her mission field.
Rubbing shoulders with Kira has impacted my life. She showed me how precious life is, to make the best of unfortunate circumstances and to make the important things a priority.
We have lost touch with Kira, she may be living with the Lord now and having a ball. She’d have it no other way.