God’s Program From the Beginning

God's Program From the Beginning

God knew I could have never directed the FP4H program if it wasn’t fun, so he gave me a sidekick–Kay Smith, who was undoubtedly the most fun of any friend or co-worker I’ve ever had. I met Kay around 1985 at our weekly Leader’s Meeting. Kay was leading at another church, but wanted to attend for the accountability and fellowship. She had lost 90 lbs on our program and the women at her church wanted her to start a group. I remember the pastor asking Kay why she had more cars in the parking lot on the night of her meeting than they did for church visitation. Kay was truly a people magnet and I still have women who tell me they have the VHS video of Kay teaching the food plan.

I have many funny stories of our time working together, but one particular story jumps to the front of my memory bank. One year, around 1995, we invited Cynthia Rowland McClure to speak at an event as our keynote. Cynthia had written a book, The Monster Within, on her battle and recovery from Bulimia. Kay and I had talked about our desire to write a book, so Kay cornered Cynthia and asked her how we should begin.  Cynthia told Kay that she had written both of her books on the Oregon coast. Soon after, we received an invitation to do a training in Oregon and decided to fly in on Sunday night and write until Friday when we had to drive to the church. Kay asked the church if they had any members with a house on the Oregon coast and, sure enough, they did.  We rented the house for $25 a night. We arrived late on Sunday night and almost never found the house because the fog was so thick.

I shipped two boxes of concordances and other reference books, so we lugged everything inside and made our plan for writing.  We decided to only talk at mealtimes and write between meals.  I headed to one of the other rooms after breakfast the next morning and began writing.  Back then, we had cassette recorders and I recorded my book on cassette.  I am an auditory learner, so this worked great for me.  When we returned home, I had the book finished. My precious daughter-in-love, Lisa Lewis, transcribed it for me from those cassettes.  Lifeway published my first book, Choosing To Change. God obviously had plans for me to write for Him because He woke me in the middle of the night when Kay and I were traveling and gave me the name and all the chapter titles for Choosing To Change.

Kay, who is not an auditory learner, needs to see the words. She tried to use a cassette recorder but she kept backing up the recorder to listen to what she said, losing her words.  She worked on her book all week, but when the week ended it had been a disappointment for her. What made us use a recorder and not a pad?  I don’t remember, but it might have been that this is the way Cynthia Rowland McClure wrote her books. The funniest thing about this story is neither Kay or I had the faintest idea how to write a book.  Because one writer writes on the Oregon coast could quite possibly be that she lives on the Oregon coast!  Did we think there was something magical about the location?  Well, it was anything but magical.  The fog only lifted one afternoon from Monday to Friday. I went out for a run and when I turned around to run back to the house the fog had rolled back in. I almost never found the house.  I literally followed my footprints until they turned left to the house.

When I got back to the house and told Kay my harrowing tale she said, “If you would have walked up to the street you could have seen the house; the fog is only on the water.” On Friday morning, we left the beach and drove to our FP4H workshop where we had 90 people attend Friday night and Saturday morning.  Lifeway, who was our publisher at the time, could not believe how many came to hear about the program.  FP4H has been God’s program from the beginning and He allowed Kay and I to tag along to see all He had planned.  We worked hard and loved every minute.

Carole Lewis

First Place for Health National Director Emeritus

 

 

 

3 Comments
  1. I absolutely love seeing that picture of you and Miss Kay. Brings back so many wonderful memories. I’m not surprised at all that FP4H continues to thrive after all these years. It was an honor and a privilege to serve with both of you. Many blessings and much love,
    Cindy Duffy

  2. I absolutely love seeing that picture of you and Miss Kay. Brings back so many wonderful memories. I’m not surprised at all that FP4H continues to thrive after all these years. It was an honor and a privilege to serve with both of you. Many blessings and much love,
    Cindy Duffy

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    I have all those first cassettes and VHS tapes. I still show the tapes with you and Kay discussing each of the Commitments. Of course, I have the old Orientation. I still show Kay’s testimony and some of your tapes. I have to make sure our church doesn’t get rid of all our VCRs! Btw I have been leading since 1994.