Jesus Walking: Barbara Conti

I know many genuine, amazing followers of Jesus. I get to be around people who serve others, help the poor, feed the hungry, visit the imprisoned, people who are Jesus to others in so many ways, everyday.

But one of the most Jesus like people I know is Mrs. Barbara Conti.

Barbara is over 50 ( I wont say how far over :-) she has two grown sons. One works for Healing Place Church and the other just returned to the states after being a missionary working in Swaziland Africa with Children's Cup for three years. Her husband Bruce is an Engineer. They live in a beautiful upper middle class neighborhood in the house where they raised both of their sons.

Barbara gives to many charities, she helped us financially to bring Abel home. She prays and seeks God daily. Right now she is hosting two HPC interns from the HPC Swaziland Africa Campus who are staying with her while they are in the states working at the local HPC Campus.

Barbara doesn't work outside the home so she could be spending her free time every day watching Soap Opera's, playing tennis, shopping, getting pedicures or any other such time consumers, but she doesn't. Instead on Tuesday and Friday from 9:00am until 1:00pm she helps at the BRDC Cafe where people come in off the streets for help. She helps them get things like food, clothing, shelter, jobs. She goes on street outreach, helps with Kids camps in the Summer and whatever else the Dream Center needs at different times throughout the week. On Wednesday she goes to a bible Study with some other ladies from around town then on Thursday from 5:00am until 10:30am she does Homeless Outreach.

Mrs. Barbara reading the bible lesson to some kids at the summer camp.

Today at homeless outreach I watched her as she went from person to person during the breakfast talking to them and smiling, making them feel welcome and at home. I watched her help a homeless family that was new in town. Then when we went out roaming to the places around the down town area where the homeless live outside, she once again was giving them food, smiling, talking and helping.

Barbara out on the Levee handing out breakfast and visiting with the homeless that live there.

Today we met Arthur. Arthur has terminal liver cancer. He lives alone in a Motel room. He had called Pastor Craig to ask for some food. He was hungry and alone. So we stopped there, visited Arthur, gave him food and drink, the group held hands with Arthur and prayed with him and talked to him about his needs.

As the team was milling around and talking to another man that stayed near by, Barbara and Nathan (BRDC Youth Ministry Leader) were still talking to Arthur. He looked so frail, like he would break if you touched him too hard. His eyes as yellow as the Sun and his voice almost too weak to hear when he spoke. "Do you know Jesus Arthur? That's the most important thing. He loves you and wants to spend eternity with you" Barbara said in the sweetest, kindest voice ever as she gently laid her hand on his arm in that "Jesus is touching you" kinda way.

Arthur answered, "Yes but I back slid I'm away from him now". Nathan told Arthur of the grace and the mercy Jesus has for him. Him and Barbara continue to talk with Arthur a few more minutes about the love and forgiveness of Jesus then we all told him we would be back next week, and we left.

People think I "do" a lot, "serve" a lot but I really don't. I just blog, twitter and Face Book about it so people know what I do. I see Barbara and I want to be more like her. She does not get paid for all this serving that she does. She is always pleasant, happy, smiling. She's never too chatty, never late, always ready to do whatever anyone needs and she NEVER does anything for attention. She does it for Jesus. She loves him and she loves people. I want to be more like that.

When I think about what it's like to be in the presence of Mrs. Barbara Conti, I think about this quote by C.S. Lewis;

Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call 'humble' nowadays: he will not be a sort who is always telling you that,of course,he is nobody. Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him. If you do dislike him it will be because you feel a little envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.

Barbara is Jesus walking.

(The evening after I posted this blog, Arthur, the man suffering from cancer, slipped into a coma and died the next morning. I am so glad that Barbara loved on him and talked to him about his soul, it was a timely conversation)


jennifer maggio said…
this is a real sweet post about her. lovely lady.

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