Marthana Newland, creative/worship pastor at Hickory Grove Assembly of God Church, wrapped up the afternoon of worship with a lesson for the grandmothers on being part of a generation that doesn't forget where they came from and doesn't forget to pass on what they've learned to those who come after them.
She gave a dramatic illustration from World War II about a nurse who sat at the bedside of a soldier who had been given a black toe tag. Black meant they were beyond help, red meant they needed immediate attention and yellow meant they would be just fine. After spending some time with the black-tagged man, she realized that he was still alive. So she did something she had never done before — she reached down and swapped out his black toe tag for a red one.
"No matter how hopeless it seems, you can be responsible in being a tag changer," Newland told the ladies. "We can all make a change in someone's life simply by making an investment in them."
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