Just look at God! | Faith | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | October 8, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: October 4, 2017 at 10:22 am
On this past Saturday, the LaTrice D. Ferguson School of Nursing Assistants celebrated its fourth graduation since its inception just a little over a year ago. As of Saturday, the school proudly boasts of 82 graduates! It was founded by Ernestine Bowman Ferguson, CEO and program director, and her husband, Donald Ferguson. The school is named for their daughter who went home to be with the Lord on March 1, 2015.
I taught LaTrice her senior year, and what a joy it was to teach such a diligent, ladylike student! Posthumously, LaTrice became my cousin by my marriage to her cousin, Herman. The first graduation was held on October 1, 2016, which was Latrice’s 26th birthday. How apropos!
I have been a member of the board since the school’s inception; however, I have not been able to attend any of the graduations due to other obligations, but I was able to witness the one this past Saturday. Words cannot express the joy and elation that I felt as I shared the school’s history with the attendees, and as I sat in awe, observing the graduates receiving their certificates.
This school is open to any person, regardless of race, creed, religion, or color, and as I looked around in the Ray T. Johnson/CTS Building where the ceremony was held, seeing the diverse crowd and students, all I could think about is how LaTrice’s death was not in vain. In death she is bringing people together in this community from all walks of life through the venue of healthcare education.
What I saw on Saturday was love transformed into a brotherhood and a sisterhood. Given the racial and political divides in our nation today, this was a blessing to behold. LaTrice’s mother was given this vision, she followed His calling, and the end result has been phenomenal; therefore, all I can say, “Just look at God…!” Luke 12:48 (KJV) says, “… For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”
According to the school’s historical perspective, “After leaving as an employee of the federal government and unsure of the calling God had for her life, she knew it was directed toward her gift in healthcare. Consequently, the passing of her mother and daughter revealed this calling for Ernestine Bowman Ferguson. She knew that she had to keep her ministry and dreams alive. Thus, the LaTrice D. Ferguson School of Nursing Assistants was birthed with the blessings of God.”
The idea of “to whom much is given, much will be required” is that we are held responsible for what we have. If we are blessed with talents, wealth, knowledge, time, and the like, it is expected that we use these well to glorify God and benefit others. Therefore, Nurse Ferguson is using what God has bestowed upon her to help train young men and women of this community in healthcare.
She didn’t just stop with the CNA certification course. Since the school opened, another course has been added, Certified Medication Technician (CMT). There is yet another accomplishment — beginning Oct. 9, the school will be offering its third course, phlebotomy!
“…God is no respecter of persons,” Acts 10:34 (KJV) — neither is Ernestine Bowman Ferguson. She is making dreams come true for so many, regardless of their backgrounds and the like, and keeping her eyes on Jesus. Families’ lives are being changed in so many positive ways because of her will to obey and follow what God has for her to do. Mrs. Ferguson is sharing her wisdom and knowledge with so many, along with the support of her husband, son, father and countless others, because she knows it is required of her.
This is a class act to follow!
So if you are not sharing your blessings from God with others, it behooves you to start today. God didn’t bless us for us to keep it all to ourselves. Bless Him by blessing others.
Have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him!
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)