In Loving Memory of a Christian Friend
My good Christian friend Patricia Turner
She kept the Commandments of God and had the Faith of Jesus
“Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, 'Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.' 'Yes,' says the Spirit, 'that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” (Revelation 14:12-13)
There are two conditions that a Christian who dies must have in order to be in Paradise. One is to keep the commandments of God, and the second is to have the faith of Jesus. As far as I know Sister Patricia Turner had these two qualifications and she is now in Paradise.
Baptism into the Lord Jesus Christ
I came to know Sister Pat back in 1995 when Sister Esther Limbrick brought her to our church on Thomas Road in northwest Houston. Not too long after she heard the truth concerning baptism into the Lord Jesus Christ she said to me, “I would like to be baptized in the river like our Lord Jesus Christ. God fulfilled her desire. She was baptized into the Lord Jesus Christ in the Humble river. I remember after she and another Christian from the Star of Hope Mission in Houston were baptized, an elderly sister from the church saw the shekinah glory of God in the sky. That was a sign of Sister Pat and the other sister being accepted by God as His children.
Love and Care for other Christians
Sister Pat came to be known as a Christian having the ministry of sharing the Sabbath truth through her book publication and also in the Internet. She was fervent in the faith of Jesus and in keeping of God's commandments.
Sister Pat was a loving Christian who cared about other Christians especially those who are in need. I remember at one time when I was out of work. Architects are often out of work because they usually work on one project at a time, and when one project is completed they look for another job.
Sister Pat called and asked whether or not I would like to earn some money while learning on a new job. The new company First Harvest had a very nice office in the Houston Galleria, and they paid $500 a month during the first three months of training as traders in foreign exchange (FOREX). During the three months training Sister Pat and I worked in that same office. Both of us left after the training. Although the salary was low but it had helped us to pay our monthly bills over that period of time.
After that stint as FOREX trainees Sister Pat worked as a temporary teacher in the Houston Independent School District (H.I.S.D.) She asked me whether or not I would like to be trained as a temporary teacher. Praise the Lord, at that time I had already started on another architectural project.
Miracle of the Automobile Accident
Sister Pat had moved to Dallas for a short period of time but decided to come back to Houston. When she was driving back to Houston on Interstate 45 she met with a horrible accident that crippled her for the rest of her life. My wife Sister Joan and I went to visit her in the hospital Intensive Care Unit (I.C.U.), and she shared with us about the miracle how the Lord Jesus Christ had saved her life.
An automobile that came from the opposite direction had jumped off the median that separated the incoming and outgoing traffic lanes, and crashed right on to her vehicle. It was a head-on collision. She was pinned inside her vehicle that was totalled. The policemen and ambulance paramedics who had to pry open the car door to get her out, were completely shocked that Sister Pat was not only alive, but there was not even a scratch on her face. The man who was driving the other vehicle was killed instantly on the impact of the head-on collision. This miracle is a testimony of God's protection and preservation of Sister Pat's life.
After her discharge from the hospital she was immobilised and stayed at home. She had continued to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath at home with her family, and had often called me to go and conduct the Sabbath services.
I feel that God has a good reason for taking Sister Pat home at this time. First, her work on earth has been accomplished. Second, the world is going to have the Great Tribulation which will be too difficult for her to go through. She has been a shining example of a faithful Christian, not only for her family to follow, but also for all of us who are left behind. As the Spirit says, “May she rest from her labors, and her works follow them.”
May God bless all of us.
This Hub is based on the Reflection of Paul Wong
during the Funeral Service of Patricia Turner in
the Chapel in Pasadena, Texas on March 17, 2012