Matthew 25:34-40 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
Anne understood this verse long before she knew Christ. At age seven she felt called to take on the playground bully who was teasing a child with special needs. While she never regretted the broken pinky and skinned nose she suffered, she was worried about the hole in her brand new tights. For Anne, compassion meant treating others with the kindness everyone deserves. Anne’s mom calls her “a champion for the ‘underdog’”.
While studying abroad in college, someone asked Anne a question that would change her life forever. “Why would the cross, an instrument of death, be used by Christians as a symbol of faith”? Although she considered herself a Christian, having been baptized and confirmed in the faith, she quickly realized she didn’t have a good answer for this question. It wasn’t until two years later that she “heard” the gospel for the first time and has answered many calls since then:
- Called to short term mission in 1992
- Called to marriage in 1994
- Called to motherhood in 1996
- Called to work in 2002
- Called to leave work and focus on family in 2009
- Called to partner in ministry in 2010
- Called to homeschool in 2012
Anne lives in Corinth, Texas with her husband, Jay, and her two beautiful teenaged daughters, Annie and Claire. She is passionate about raising godly children and helping others through acts of kindness and mercy.