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“ God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as HE wanted them to be.
If they were all one part, where would the body be?
As it is , there are many parts, but one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand,

“I don’t NEED you!”

And the head cannot say to the feet,

“ I don’t NEED you!”

1 Corinthians 12:18-21

I KNOW in my bones God arranged Anna Nieboer & I to be together at The River as a part of his body to do HIS WORK for women he so deeply loves!!

I NEEDED her!!

I don’t know if I can articulate as clearly what part of His body Anna was and I am- I just KNOW I NEEDED HER with all of the ways God gifted her- Her heart for women, her love for moms & children, her “ Get it Done” attitude.

I am humbled believing that God himself arranged her and I ( & others as well) to do some beautiful work together of loving on his precious women.

I spent a few years with Anna gathering women from the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission once a month on Friday nights to simply love on them & RESTORE them to a place of (hopefully) knowing their worth & That God sees them, loves them & cares!!

At times, the women would come to our “home” ( The River) and at times we would go to their “ home” ( The Mission).
Whatever place we were at, Anna always brought the gentle & kind love & care of Jesus, the peanut butter pretzels, & whatever child/ children of her own she was caring for on that day.


She was a part of me & the body of Christ & HE did some BEAUTIFUL things through her. It was a joy and an honor to walk beside her.

She was a spirit that came from God.
She has returned to her original owner.

And ohhhhh what a void there will be on this earth without her!!!!