I recently had the opportunity to visit with my mentor, Dr. Jo Bevington. Three years ago I first wrote about her on my blog; click here to read that post.
When Jo was 58 she earned her Doctorate in Preschool Education. Her dissertation was ‘Faith Development in Children Birth through Three’!! She has taught at Biola University and New Orleans Seminary, served as Minister to Preschoolers in several large churches; and has been my friend and mentor for 30 years now. It is her profound and lasting impact on my life that has instilled in me the strong desire I have for establishing God’s Word in children.
Jo contacted me about a year ago when she was about to move into a nursing home; she wanted to give me all her files from a lifetime of working with children!!!!! She is 88, is almost blind, walks with a walker, and only quit teaching preschoolers about two years ago!!!
Billy and I took a quick trip to Texas last week to pick up the files and spend time with Jo. It was a privilege to sit at her feet again. She has always inspired me with her intimate relationship with the Lord. Her spirit shines forth so strongly that I hardly noticed her physical limitations. (2 Cor. 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.)
Here are some videos of our time with Jo. Please watch and be inspired by this 88 year old saint who passionately walks with the Lord and loves children like no one else I have ever met!