Stella Neymeyer. Jessica's grandmother, Stella, aka Grandma Neymeyer, would fly from her home in Iowa to York to spend time with her family, always holding a very special place in her heart for Jessica. Stella not only prayed regularly for Jessica & Friends Community, but also gave generously appreciating the beautiful life that Jessica and her friends enjoyed because of this ministry. She left us a legacy that means more than looking back and remembering the many blessings of her life; it also means looking ahead and recognizing that she has gone before us and given us a pathway of faith to follow.
Gladys Teague. Gladys was Jessica's grandmother. She loved Jessica & Friends Community and prayed for it daily. She always wanted weekly updates on the happenings at Jessica & Friends. Since coming to Christ in her early teens, she spent over eight decades making friends in heaven by being a faithful pastor's wife, speaker, mentor, teacher, and by living the truth of God's word. One of Jessica's caregivers remarked "I loved reading her notes and cards to Jessica, and how Jessica would smile and giggle." Gladys is sorely missed by Jessica, her family, and many friends.
Henry Weber. Henry, age 94, prayed faithfully every day for Jessica & Friends Community. He was actively engaged in Jessica & Friends Community until his last days on this earth. It was said that the verse that comes to mind when one thought of Henry Weber is John 1:16, "From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another." Henry was a trophy and channel of God's grace through jesus Christ, a true blessing to the many friends he made at Jessica & Friends Community.
Dr. Donald "Pete" Piper. Pete was a loyal and faithful supporter of Jessica & Friends, the York Community, and the under priviledged of the world for many years. In 1992 Pete retired from his family practice and spent a year (with his wife Annie) as medical missonaries at the medical clinic he established in Kajabi, Kenya. He continued to serve on short term missonary trips throughout his retirement. Pete loved Jessica & Friends and was a long standng board member; even commuting 150 miles round trip for board meetings when he moved from the area. In his later years Pete remarked "Jessica & Friends has become my favorite charity for several reasons. There is a great need for care for these special folks and their parents. Jessica & Friends has been able to provide faith based services to many including respite care, training, and employment. I was blessed to be a part of this community and a member of the board."
How thankful we are that death is not the final word, but Jesus Christ is. Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Because of Jesus, we still grieve, but not without hope and joy for those who are already home.
Creating a Legacy
The individuals we've highlighted all shared a common theme and purpose. First, they were committed in service to God and bringing Him glory. Second, they purposely prayed, served, and gave financially in ways that are impacting individuals well past their years on this earth.
We value and affirm the inherent dignity, significance and worth of each person regardless of physical capability and intellectual function (Psalm 139:13-16).
Make a Difference
Jessica & Friends has many opportunities for volunteers to assistant in serving our special individuals and families. Our volunteers consistently remark at how the individuals they serve bring them joy, happiness, and blessings through their service.