A Man of Significant Influence

LETTER — Marv DeWitt was a man of lasting influence

By LoriJo Schepers
Reader contributor
Posted Aug 06, 2011

Holland Township — An amazing man passed away last week. His investment in the lives of others is impossible to define within the limitations of space and time this note allows. Hundreds, probably thousands of individuals can point to this one man and say, “He made a difference for me.” I am one of those individuals.

When I was at my most confused, lost, trapped-in-sin times in my life, he stepped in to help. He made sure I had a place to stay. He gently, yet firmly, reminded me that God needed to be at the center of all of my life. He told me to “get to work” and be responsible. He risked his reputation within his community and church by helping “that one” who had done so much wrong. In the middle of everyone else’s decision that “There’s no hope for this one,” he chose to say, “I believe in her, and want to help.” He was one of the key catalysts God used to rescue me.

Because of his influence at a critical time, I am where I am — and who I am — today. Because he chose to believe in me, I have a strong example to follow in helping others. Barnabas Ministries is here by God’s grace, and the influence of this man. I, and Barnabas Ministries, exist as a strong reminder that when we choose to sow seeds of grace and truth into someone’s life, God promises to watch over that seed, and that life, to accomplish His good work in His good time.

Now, he is receiving his reward. “Well done” is resounding in his ears. Marv DeWitt, you will be greatly missed. May we follow your example for the generations to come.

LoriJo Schepers, Holland Township

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