Sherri Sexton's story

Sherri Sexton was worried. A heart patient for nearly a decade, with a long family history of heart problems, the TIA, transient ischemic attack, that took her to Baptist Hospital was a warning sign that a real stroke may be imminent. It was also the final push that knocked her family over the edge of their personal financial cliff. Sherri and husband Mark had been climbing a steep mountain for months: He had lost his job and she was out of work on disability; then, a terrible car accident took everything they had left. The hospitalization for the TIA put them in a fiscal landslide.

Sherri & Mark Sexton
Sherri & Mark Sexton

“I was paying all I could, but, sometimes, it was only $10 because I had to buy medicine and food,” said Sherri. “We had been praying to God for work, to show us what to do, to help us figure out how to get this and our other bills paid. Our church was praying too. We turned it over to God and put it in His hands. We knew He would take care of it.”

God did take care of it, through NC Baptists. “When we got the letter from the Mother’s Day Offering, I thought it was from a collection agency. But, instead, it was the biggest blessing. I fell to my knees crying and thanked God for working a miracle. I called my husband. He was driving a truck for one of our friends for a couple of days and had to pull over and cry a little bit too. We praised and thanked God. It was the best feeling. People don’t believe God is real, but I am living proof: God has blessed us.”

For the Sextons, faith is all about trust, even when everything is going wrong–especially when everything is going wrong. “I believe if you trust in the Lord and pray, God will do what is best for you and will lift the burden,” Sherri exclaimed. “God never puts more on you than you can bear: he will take care of you.”

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”

–Proverbs 3:5

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God.”

–Romans 8:28