Never retired from mission

by Wayne Schwab

Like Ramona, Mildred Fitch works to build an environment where people feel safe talking openly. Mildred has worked in Tinker Air Force Base’s ADAPT program for more than a decade. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright)

Ramona, having passed her three-quarter century mark, continues to work half time as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. She sees her work as a mission.

“What led you to desire to continue?”
“I don’t know what I’d do if I did retire. And we need the income. And God didn’t want me to sit around and clean house and travel.”

“What is mission-like about it for you?”
“It started years ago when I was thinking what I can do to work for God. As part of our church’s Women of Vision, I had discovered listening, encouragement, and teaching as spiritual gifts. I decided to use them in developing counseling skills.”

“How do you see God working in what you do?”
“Just that I am able to get up and go to work on any day. When I see the clients understanding what I am teaching, then I am able to incorporate faith along with helping them grow spiritually, as well as begin to make significant changes in their lives.”

“How do you see God helping you to do that?”
“I wouldn’t be able to do it if I didn’t let God work through me.”

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