After three years of a fight with leukemia, she had spent the last five weeks in the hospital. Her husband and children would come in and dress in gowns, gloves and masks to visit her. Once in the room they could not leave. The children were a boy, 11, a second boy, 9 and a daughter, 8. Her birthday would be in two weeks if she lived that long. She would be turning 33. But that didn't happen.
On Sunday afternoon as she lay in a coma, the doctor told her husband, "We've done all we can. It is now a matter of time." He took the children into the ICU for a final look at their mother. At 12:15 AM Saturday morning, she lost her battle and went home to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Here we have a 32 year old man with three children who lost his wife and his job. He was working through a temporary employment agency. He needed a wife but had little to offer her. His children needed a mother but who would want to be the mother to some other woman's children?
Enter "Sarah, Plain and Tall." Her name was not Sarah but the story is similar. She was amissionary in Japan who had never been married. She had heard about the family. She had met the husband briefly for less than five minutes. She had talked with the wife and mother on one other occaision which ironically was a funeral.
Now he was telling her he needed a wife and a mother for the children. She told him that she knew this was her last year in Japan. He offered her a job at his place. Her response, "That sounds like what I am looking for." On December 18, 1983 she arrived at the airport to meet her husband to be and to meet her new family.
This woman never considered herself a "rescuer" but she definitely rescued her husband and the three children by loving the children. A year after they were married she adopted the children and made them truly her own. A resuce that her husband and her children appreciate.