Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Special Barbara Porter Tribute

Mrs. Barbara Porter Tribute
  In all the years I’ve known Mrs. Barbara Porter, I cannot recall a time of talking with her that she did not try to encourage me in some way. I will always treasure our conversations. Mrs. Porter had a special place in her heart for rescue mission work. Sharon Stanczak, her daughter, wrote her bio and from her writing I came to know why she cared so deeply. It is my privilege to honor her memory.

Ed Grimes
Executive Director/ MRM

  Barbara Porter was born in 1932 to Reverend Donald and Elva Wert of Youngstown, Ohio. Barbara's father, Reverend Wert, was a dynamic preacher of the gospel and the Superintendent at the City Rescue Mission in New Castle, PA for many years. During Barbara's childhood, she and her brother, Ronald, accompanied their parents nightly to the rescue mission to eat dinner with the men and conduct the services that followed. Barbara's mother played the piano, her parents sang together, and her father preached to the men each night. Barbara and her brother essentially "grew up" in the rescue mission! Her love for souls and especially for those who are "down and out" never left her. She passed this love on to her own family and has always taken a special interest in those who work in rescue missions. It was no surprise that Barbara and her husband, Donald, took a strong interest in the Nashville Rescue Mission when they first moved to the middle Tennessee area in 1996. They were thrilled when they learned that Murfreesboro Rescue Mission was being started here in our city to help the homeless. Barbara went Home to be with the Lord on October 7, 2014. The family has set up a fund in her memory to help with the establishment of Murfreesboro Rescue Mission

Sharon Stanczak