Bridger Spotlight - Martha Williams
Posted on May 20th, 2014

One of our newest members is a long time attender - Martha Williams! Like the rest of us, Martha has a unique story that fits into God's grand story. Here's a quick glimpse.

1. Where are you from?
Roanoke Rapids, NC. It's very close to Lake Gaston and the Virginia border.

2. Where did you go to high school, college, etc.?
Halifax Christian Academy in Roanoke Rapids for High School, ECU for BA in English (creative writing concentration, journalism minor). ECU for MAEd in Adult and Community College Education.

3. How long have you been @ The Bridge and how did you hear about The Bridge?
Attended The Bridge about 3 years ago before I briefly moved to SC to be with family and then returned when I came back to Morrisville last year. I can’t really remember how I heard about The Bridge, but I did also live in Morrisville before my temporary stay in SC.
4. What do you do “9 to 5”? 
I am “retired”, but not by choice. I had 2 strokes over 3 years ago and although I tried to return to work at Wake Tech Community College where I had worked for 14 years. I last served as Dean of Community Projects and Educational Programs. The return proved too much for me, I got sick again and ultimately had to retire early. I volunteer when and where I can, spend a lot of time with my sisters and other family members and am doing some writing about my experiences as a stroke victim and survivor. By the way, May is Stroke Awareness month. Strokes can touch anyone at any age and I urge people to educate themselves and be aware of how many people do not survive and how survivors struggle even though their challenges may not always be outwardly visible.

5. What are you passionate about?
Good health and giving the Glory to God for His Grace in saving me via the love and support of my 3 sisters.

6. Do you have a favorite verse of Scripture? 
Matthew 10:29-31 - "Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."

7. What are some things you really enjoy doing? 
I am an avid reader and enjoy a wide variety of types and subjects in reading material. I am old-fashioned and still love to hold a book in my hand. I have always been a nerd and love a library! My sisters tell me I read two hundred books in the second grade!

8. Any unique/special/life changing experiences?
The stroke was obviously a life changing experience. A wonderful experience happened to me about a year ago. I met an amazingly kind, patient, and loving man on the dating site Christian Mingle! Never would have thought I would consider online dating, but my sister talked me into it and I am grateful that she did! Jim has brought more into my life than I ever dared hope I would have again! 

9. What's your favorite thing about being a part of The Bridge???
Closeness and genuine caring of everyone involved. Quite different from my upbringing in a very traditional church. I love the way we work together to prepare and clean up the space we use. Lots of people wouldn’t want to bother!


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