When Four Seasons palliative care patient Virginia Ammons heard of the Nichols family’s plan to travel to serve the Morelia community, she was eager to be involved. Virginia has a heart for others. During visits with Four Seasons’ providers, she consistently shares her desire to help others, despite her significant physical limitations. Virginia has not relegated her life to insignificance.
“As a believer in Jesus, I believe it is an honor to bless others in whatever way I can because He has given me so much.” This is a philosophy Virginia has shared many times.
Reggie said, “When Virginia heard about our trip she had a deep desire to be a part of our experience. She expressed her desire to show the love of Jesus by making face masks to send with us. I knew how much making these masks cost her. I was overwhelmed that she offered her hand-made masks to people she will never meet.
She gave freely of her time, resources, and her body through the physical impact the work had on her. Virginia requested that I take 30 masks with me to give away to people in need. The day before my family and I left for our trip to Mexico, I drove to Virginia’s home to pick them up. She greeted me at the door and invited me in.
As she walked to her backroom to get the masks, I watched as she had to stop twice on her walk back down the hallway to catch her breath. Not only had she made the 30 masks that she promised, but she also made me a special mask in a neutral color. She made my wife and children special masks with designs suitable for them.
Virginia is a woman who will leave a legacy of love. By her actions, she was a missionary this summer through my family. She wasn’t able to physically go, but we were an extension of her love as we gave the masks to those who needed them. Her expression of love moved and changed me. Virginia has every excuse imaginable not to do what she did. However, she chooses daily to live to bless others and show them the love of Jesus, even when it’s not convenient physically for her.”
Reggie Nichols has faithfully served Four Seasons as a palliative care nurse practitioner since 2016.
In May, Reggie, his wife, and children traveled to Morelia, Mexico with New Opportunities in Education (NOE) International. NOE is an educational service ministry that provides after school tutoring, English instruction leading to bilingual language certification, and sports opportunities in Morelia. NOE serves over 1000 students through three sites in Morelia. When a young person commits to the services provided by NOE for two years, data show that graduation rates increase from 30 to 90 percent.