In Memory Of: Honoring Our Women Passed

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In 1990 Anthi Renteria was our neighborhood bag lady. She ate and slept in dumpsters, was strung out on drugs, and survived by relying on the kindness of neighbors – and strangers. Eventually Anthi got cleaned up enough to come to the front door of Evangel Home and seek help. Although she never entered one of our long term programs, she entered our hearts and we began a special relationship that lasted until the day she died in July of 2016.

Anthi knew she was dying and one day she asked if we could make her a copy of a song she had learned in chapel when she lived with us in 1990. That song was “You Gave Me Love” by B.J. Thomas. Its lyrics are perfect for what Anthi found here and in her lifelong relationship with Jesus.

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The women on this page all graduated from Evangel Home and their graduation date is listed with their name. We know that other graduates have most likely passed away, but we have not been told. So if you know of a woman who graduated from CrossRoads (formerly called the Extension Program) or the GARDEN, please let us know. We would like to pay tribute to them also.

“You Gave Me Love” by BJ Thomas

You gave me time when no one gave me time of day,
You looked deepinside while the rest of the world looked away,
You smiled at me when there were just frowns everywhere,
You gave me love when nobody gave me a prayer.

[Chorus:]
That’s why I call You Saviour ….. that’s why I call You Friend,
You touched my heart ….. You touched my soul,
And helped me start all over again,
That’s why I love You, Jesus ….. that’s why I’ll always care,
You gave me love when nobody gave me a prayer.

You gave me laughter after I cried all my tears,
You heard my dreams while the rest of the world closed its ears,
I looked in Your eyes, and I found the tenderness there,
You gave me love when nobody gave me a prayer.

[Chorus:]
That’s why I call You Saviour ….. that’s why I call You Friend,
You touched my heart ….. You touched my soul,
And helped me start all over again.
That’s why I love You, Jesus ….. that’s why I’ll always care,
You gave me love when nobody gave me a prayer.

Archie P. Jordan and Claire D. Clopinger

Author: Gerre Brenneman

6 Responses to "In Memory Of: Honoring Our Women Passed"

  1. Melinda Posted on November 3, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Thank you so much for honoring these beautiful women. My mom being one of them. You and the staff that were there during our stay in the program, changed our lives forever. Once again, Thank You.

    • Gerre Brenneman Posted on November 10, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Hi Melinda,
      Thanks so much for giving us that beautiful picture of your mom for our first memory collage. That was a special time when you were with us, and I as so thankful you have stayed in touch.
      Take care,
      Gerre

  2. Carolyn Bright Jones Posted on November 3, 2016 at 12:44 am

    The minute I saw Joyce’s face, before I even read the post, I started crying. I miss her so much. I wore the dress she made me, to wear at her wedding, until it fell apart. I often wonder how her husband and two sons are. Thank you for sharing this. I have no pics of her.

    • Gerre Brenneman Posted on November 10, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      Hi Carolyn,
      Your comment made my day. Joyce graduated just before I arrived at EH, and there were evidently no pictures of her. So to get the little one we have on the memory collage, I had to find a person who could take that one little picture off of a video. It was worth the effort if for no other reason than you saw it.
      Would love to see you,
      Gerre

  3. Jacqueline Kearns Posted on November 4, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Hi Geri

    • Gabriella Williams Posted on November 10, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Gerre says hello Jackie! How are you doing?

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