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Are most of us willing to truly ‘walk the walk?’

In this life, the greatest people, those whose lives have true purpose, rarely make headlines.

Thanks to their humility, these people spend lifetimes working behind the scenes toiling in selfless efforts to give others hope.

And most times, these people go beyond the capacity of our worldly minds to accomplish extraordinary things … things the majority of us would never consider doing.

Such is the case with Coal Grove’s Ed and Jamilaih Gullett.

The couple will soon be digging up everything they know here to plant themselves in a foreign land to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ (in Belize, Central America).

Be honest; would you, if you are a Christian, consider turning your life upside down for the cause of faith? Would you uproot yourself and step out of your comfort zone for the sake of others?

I would love to say that I would. But I can’t.

That’s why Ed and Jamilaih’s decision is so jarring to my conscience.

I proclaim to love Jesus with my mouth, but is my heart ready to follow wherever He leads?

Would I jump up and follow Him, as His disciples did (and still do), without worrying about my own security?

The Bible is full of examples where allegiances are made known when comfort zones are abandoned.

Ed and Jamilaih’s allegiances, though most might consider them insane, are most admirable.

Others need the comfort of Jesus in their lives….and, with the innocence of children, they are willing and able to provide it.

To assist in funding their trip, the Gullett’s are hosting a fundraising auction on Friday, June 15, at the Jae Roush building in Coal Grove (between Paul Porter Park and the Coal Grove Police Department).

The festivities will begin at 4:30 pm and will last until the final item is sold.

We aren’t going with them. But we can support them.


Billy Bruce is a freelance writer who lives in Pedro. He can be contacted at hollandkat3@aol.com.