Thank You, Norma
Norma Story recently retired as DBA's hunger relief consultant. As a NAMB Mission Service Corps volunteer, she served DBA churches for 17 years. Considering that the average tenure of church pastors (according to Lifeway research) is only 3.6 years, Norma's time of service with DBA is extradordinary. Even more important than her longevity, though, is the quality of her work. Norma faithfully visited food pantries, fielded phone calls, and provided the documentation essential for ensuring DBA's good stewardship of the funds we receive from the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering.
Norma and I had a lot of fun together. Three or four times a year we'd meet at Joe's Coffee Shop in Irving, "where Irving meets and eats." It seemed like everyone in the restaurant knew Norma by name. Sitting in a booth at Joe's, Norma and I would swap stories, over pecan waffles and coffee, about our children, grandchildren, and great-grand children (hers), before we actually got around to talking about how we could help our churches with their hunger relief ministries. On one occasion, Norma arrived at Joe's, beaming and clutching an article from the Dallas Morning News about her grandson, Trevor. A baseball star at Irving High School, he had just been drafted by the Colorado Rockies.
Norma's beloved husband, Darryl, faithfully supported her ministry for all of these 17 years. He went to be with the Lord in March. Now, Norma is spending a lot of time with her family and with her friends at Oakview Baptist Church, where she has been a long-time member.
Thank you, Norma, for serving our churches so well. See you at Joe's!