More than you want to know
I was born in Scotland (Shirley Geddes) but grew up in Gwelo, Rhodesia, a tiny land-locked country in Central Africa. This land is now called Zimbabwe, and if you want to read some unbelievable facts Google "Zimbabwe today".
Apart from six months confined to bed with Rheumatic Fever, I was a healthy child, and so were my parents. There was no indication of the drama that lay ahead.
A New Life
At 18, I travelled to Cape Town, South Africa, to study nursing at Groote Schuur Hospital. A few years later, Prof. Chris Barnard made this hospital famous when he performed the world's first heart transplant.
Within a few months of my arrival in Cape Town, I formed two life-changing relationships:
- I committed my life to Jesus Christ.
- I met a young man by the name of Rob Corder.
In 1967, Rob and I married, and two years later, he accepted a call into full-time Presbyterian ministry.
Over the next years, we were fruitful in more than our ministry.
We multipled our family, starting with Debbie in 1968. Stephen followed three years later, and then came David.
Just as we thought we knew how to be parents, we started to multiply again, with the addition of a son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.
Over the next 37 years we ministered in six congregations across Southern Africa.
This included a six-year stint where our address changed three times although we never moved house.
(During the "Bush War" we moved to Harare, Rhodesia, led by the late Ian Smith. Rhodesia became Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, led by Bishop Muzorewa, and then Zimbabwe under the infamous dictator, Robert Mugabe, who still maintains his reign of terror today...)
Several important things happend in the following years that helped to mold my future:
- We became part of the Internet community
- Our daughter and family left South Africa to go as missionary teachers to Venezuela
- I received a diagnosis of cancer with a poor prognosis and
- I had to leave nursing due to my impaired immunity system
During a traumatic year of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the Lord spoke to me from His Word:
I will not die; instead, I will live and proclaim what the LORD has done. Psalm 118:17 GNB
More Life Changes
God called me to write for Him.
I will give you my message in the form of a vision. Write it clearly enough to be read at a glance. Habakkuk 2:2
I started to see devotional messages every where I looked, so I began to write meditations for the international market. My life-style changed drastically, but God didn't - and life today is good.
Thanks to a scholarship and a subsequent sponsorship, I attended two American Christian Writers Conferences. As a result of the second one, my book, Strength Renewed, Meditations for your Journey through Breast Cancer was published by Revell in September 2012.
There's no doubt about it; cancer turns your life upside down. Or should that be "right way up"?
It is my prayer that through this site you will be encouraged and motivated to see God at work all around you.