Peggy Lynn Latham
Have you ever thought about the tapestry being woven by the master weaver? As we look at the tapestry, we only see the back side where all the mistakes can be seen. The mass of threads and knots are all we see with our small eyes. The loom handler knows the design and ultimate result; I was given a plain muslin cloth to work with for my life tapestry.
During these past fifty-years, many of you have married, had children, owned homes, had unusual jobs, pursued hobbies and made a difference in your corner of your world. I have never married, had children, owned a home, but have I had some great jobs. Not that I haven’t tried to marry!!! I have been engaged six times, but they never turned out well. So I became a career woman kind of a BAPTIST NUN. I have been a teacher, reporter, and missionary for the last 32 years.
If we could trace the palette of colors on thread, you could see that I worked with people from around the world without going outside the USA. At UTEP, I was (my last year) a scholarship student and received awards for teaching English to Internationals. I crammed college into six years, as I worked my way through school.
I have lived in four states. I taught school in California and worked with kids from the Azores, Iran, and Holland. I then moved back to Texas to attend seminary, working with Chinese and Taiwanese. After seminary, I was on staff in Wichita Falls as Minister to Internationals. The church had an International school and the students came from: Philippines, Vietnam, Argentina, Middle East, Iran, Germany, etc…Next, I went to work for the Texas Baptist Convention for two years. I worked with Cambodian refugees in Mineral Wells, Iranians in Weatherford, non readers in Texarkana, and undocumented individuals in El Paso.
I then moved to Virginia Peninsula (Williamsburg, Yorktown, Hampton, and Newport News). For eight years, I ran an inner city mission house. The next eight years, I was helping churches reach out to their neighborhoods, Canon opened a factory in town and we had a great program to the Japanese women. I learned about ice storms and floods and became involved in Disaster Relief. I was president of the Seafarers Center, when a ship (under a flag of Convenience) was stranded in our harbor. For a year and a half, the citizens of the peninsula supported and befriended these men from 15 countries including: Romania, Greece, Argentina, Egypt, etc…
I moved to Orlando, Florida to do the same kind of work, but with new facets. Disaster Relief became a primary job. We had so many hurricanes, fires, tornados, and chemical accidents, we had to assist individuals. I then became involved in helping prisoners, prostitutes, addicts, and strippers. In the past few years, this area of work also led to working with the Police in the area of helping the women caught in Human Trafficking.
I believed the nuance of this whole life began in El Pasto, Texas. Growing up there we had respect for each other. We visited each other’s churches, synagogues, and temples, and tried to understand why we believed what we believed and practiced. We learned to celebrate the religious holidays for everyone and also learned to get along with everyone. I am thankful I was born in El Paso, had an international upbringing and a strong Christian foundation.
Truly, the Master Weaver has been in charge of my tapestry and life. He is in control and knows every detail of what I have gone through. I depend on Him for everything. I pray He is pleased with how my tapestry looks on the other side.
Peggy Lynn Latham 2012
Posted on Thu, November 29, 2012