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INSPIRE Awards 2016: godly friend is my inspiration

A passion for prayer and compassion for others despite her own personal challenges are two reasons why one Cheshire mum has been nominated for an Inspire Award ...

INSPIRE AWARDS 2016

A passion for prayer and compassion for others despite her own personal challenges are two reasons why one Cheshire mum has been nominated for an Inspire Award. SHARON BARNARD reports

“With such a godly friend, how can you not be inspired?” says Fiona Keegan who has nominated Christine Banner from Runcorn for an Inspiring Individual Award.

“When I first met Chris at church 20 years ago she had recently lost her mum, her husband had left her and very shortly afterwards she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Throughout those difficult years her faith in her Lord never wavered. Her prayers never ceased and her concern and compassion for others in similar circumstances grew and grew.

“She prayed earnestly that God would give her the grace to look after her daughter despite the hair loss, chemotherapy, radiation and the financial risk of losing their home. He supplied all her needs and she never failed to give God all the glory.” 

Fiona says that when her friend returned to work she still found time to do pastoral work, help out at the local prison tea bar, work in the Bible bookshop and “bring up a beautiful daughter in the ways of the Lord”.

Ten years later Chris was diagnosed with kidney cancer.

“Again, her first thought was to turn to prayer,” explains Fiona. “God has done an amazing work of healing and she now works for Gospel for Asia (GFA) a couple of days a week in addition to everything else.” 

Chris believes her 33 years as a civil servant was good training for the admin work she’s now doing for the mission. 

“When I was a young Christian, I responded to an altar call to go on the mission field. Although I didn't actually go anywhere, I'm enabling national missionaries to share Jesus in their communities. So my desire for the mission field did come to fruition!”

She says she is “ still recovering” from the news that she had been nominated for an Inspire Award.

“I feel totally unworthy but, if there is anything praiseworthy in me, it's only because of the Lord Jesus’ grace and mercy in my life. So all the credit really belongs to him.”

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