Back Wings Caring Cars carry patients to healing and hope
August 28th, 2009
Most of us don’t audibly hear God’s voice come booming out of the sky surrounded by lightning bolts and angelic singing choirs on a regular basis.
Instead, we usually hear a still small voice called the Holy Spirit speak to our hearts. Or maybe it comes through a word of truth from someone else. That’s how it happened for Ginger Smith, a long-time advocate and fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, helping countless families in need.
This 39-year-old single woman graduated from Dartmouth and originates from the northeast. She was raised as a “Christian Scientist” in a church that believed your faith should be so strong that modern medicine was not needed. After years away from the church, she began attending Brentwood Baptist in 2006.
“I knew this was a place I wanted to go, but I didn’t know where my relationship was with Jesus Christ,” she said. “I e-mailed Mike and went to meet with him. We sat and talked for about two hours and he handed me a book. He said I would never have an a-ha moment, but that it would be a journey of faith.”
On March 26, at 5:30 a.m., as she was running down Maryland Way, God spoke to her heart. “It was as loud and clear as day that this word came to me,” she said. “God said, ‘You’ve been a been a vehicle for these families for a long time. Now, you’ve got to go out and be a physical vehicle for them.’”
“One of my favorite sermons was when Mike said, ‘If you just show up on Sundays and fill up this parking lot, then you’re in the wrong place,’” she said. “I kept thinking, ‘How could someone who is still working on her relationship with the Lord do something like this?’ But, it validated my whole journey.”
Ginger left her full-time job and stepped out on faith in obedience. She bought two cars, called her company Wings, and now serves the community by driving people to and from doctor’s appointments, chemotherapy treatments, hospital visits, and more.
She’s developed an incredible compassion for the patients and families she gets to minister to and feels that transportation is one of the major things she feels she can do to help create a sense of normalcy for them.
She said, “Family members feel so helpless. Studies show that a patient getting treatment in a safe, calm emotional place receive it better than others. The amount of people being taken out of the workforce because they can’t get to their appointments is extraordinary. This is not a sexy job, but I’m a part of this process for these families.”
Because of her background in the medical field, she is able to provide her passengers with information and hope regarding their situations. “As little as 20 minutes of transportation can have an exponential impact on people. This is ministry for me. It’s not just about the driving—it’s about talking to people about treatments and processes, where they can get their pharmacy stuff and walkers.”
“I still can’t wrap my brain around a lot of things about my faith,” she said. “Maybe I’m this little angel running around. And who am I to be doing this? But I feel Jesus running alongside me. This is what will continue to make Wings a great mission and service.”
To find out more about Wings, go to WingsCaringCars.com or e-mail Ginger Smith. You can also follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/wingscorp.
By Kaylan Christopher