Vickie Wilkerson and I were married on August 22, 2020, at Trinity Baptist Church in Williamston, SC. Vickie’s late husband, Jerome Wilkerson, was a friend of mine from our Bob Jones University days. He was the first to introduce me to Vickie, and he had insisted that I attend their wedding in 1969. That was the last time I saw her until January, 2020.

Jerome suffered a heart attack and went to be with our Saviour on June 30, 2017. God used a mutual acquaintance, whom I had not seen for decades, to inform me of Jerome’€s passing and to encourage me to contact Vickie. Our mutual friend had also known of my first wife’s battle with cancer and of her passing on November 2, 2018.

The Lord has brought us together, re-instated a friendship and established a love between us. Our previous spouses will always remain a part of our lives, for our future is intertwined with their legacy. Our children and our grandchildren have a great heritage in both Jerome and Shirley. Prayerfully, Vickie and I will add to that heritage in the Lord Jesus Christ!

This is Vickie’s testimony: “€I was saved at the age of 12. A girl in my class, Virginia Smith, came to me one day and asked me the question, “ If you were to die today, would you go to heaven or hell? “  I knew in my heart I would go to hell.

That weekend, after she asked me that question, Virginia went on a camping trip with her family. She was wading in the water when a hunter accidentally shot her in the neck. She was taken to the hospital, where the doctors told the family that, if she lived, she would be paralyzed from the neck down. She passed away that weekend.

When I found out about her death, I knew what I needed to do. So, I asked my Sunday School teacher how I could be saved. In September of 1963, I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour. To this day, I am praising the Lord for Virginia Smith and her love for the Lord and her willingness to tell others about Christ!”