#TheRidgeWay

Recently I received a request of an individual in need. While we are unable to meet everyone’s physical need, this one was met quietly by individuals at no cost to the church. Here is the reply.

“Thanks so very much for helping my friend with her air conditioning. I am telling my friends and family of the kindness you and Walnut Street Baptist have shown. (Sorry, I just can’t call it Ridge, kinda like calling the Cardinals the Rams). A special thanks to __________ for delivery and installation!

In our initial conversation I got to recall my days at Walnut Street and when I mentioned Bob Hailey I remembered what a pure soul he was with such a kind and giving heart. I worked with him in the SIU Football Office from 1975 to 1982 and he was the reason I joined Walnut Street back then. I moved to the east coast in 1983 and just recently came back to Southern Illinois.

When you came through for my friend I felt a real warmth and gratitude. Then, a few days later I put two and two together. One cannot say Coach Hailey and “help” in the same sentence and not get action.Bob Hailey’s legacy is alive and well! This is not necessarily why you came through for my friend, but it makes a great story!

My friend is heading for surgery, we hope, in the next few days. She wants to visit, okay, I’ll say it, The Ridge , and thank you personally when she is back on her feet.”

We Labor Together With God,

Wes

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