Name: Cathy and Tom Gaffney
Organizations: Community Bible Church -- Bluffton Extension, Community Bible Study and After School Kids
Town: Hilton Head Island
Involved for: 13 years with Community Bible Church, about 20 years with Community Bible Study and about seven years with After School Kids
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Anything and everything. I'm part of the kitchen crew. We have Bible study called Evening Edition for women, and I'm part of that. And we have something in the daytime called Women's Life. I facilitate a small group at both Women's Life and Evening Edition. I also volunteer at the ASK program, After School Kids, which is a Christian-based program. I'm a facilitator there. That's grades kindergarten through fifth grade. The kids come from public schools or are homeschooled. Ours is part of Community Bible Study. Those are in churches. We are at Island Lutheran Church this year. And I also facilitate at Community Bible Study.
Devoted to the Lord. Tom is the teaching director for Community Bible Study on the island at night. He came to faith when we got here 20 years ago. ... Since then, he's devoted his life to the Lord also, although he works for Nike. He's a demo tech for Nike. He was a racecar driver. He's had kind of a fun life. In addition to his job, he raced cars for 23 years, all kinds of cars. He has a Christian men's lunch every week. It's been going on for years. They show a video while they eat, and then they have a men's discussion.
Refiring. We've been on the island for 20 years, and thanks to God's grace, I've been able to retire and volunteer. And say "we have not retired; we have refired." Life is busier now than it ever was, and we thought it was busy then. Now we're really about serving the Lord.
Never happier. My life here on the island is to serve others by serving God. And that is my purpose. I know it. I've got the strength, the grace, the joy on a daily basis. It's incredible. I've never been happier.
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