The Foundation of Her Ministry
Yoder points to an experience decades ago that proved formative in her ministry today. A photojournalist, she was called to the scene of an auto accident in southeast Iowa in the middle of the night. A small car had swerved into the path of a semi-trailer. The semi could not avoid the car and after the collision the truck plunged down a 100-foot embankment.
The scene was chaotic and in the midst of gathering information and taking photos, Yoder heard a faint crying in the distance.
“It was such a mournful sound, and I was called to follow it,” Yoder recalls. She eventually came upon the truck’s driver, sitting on the hill his truck had just gone over, weeping.
“I sat down next to him and I told him that nobody blamed him for the accident. That everyone knew he risked his life trying to save the other driver,” Yoder says. “I was about 23 years old and there I was trying to fix it for him. In that moment, it hit me. I couldn’t fix it. No one could fix it.”
Yoder was compelled to walk with the man as they crested the hill and got back to the road. She held his hand. He cried. They spent time together, without speaking, just being. That experience provided a spiritual grounding.
“That taught me I can’t fix things for people, but I can be present in times of pain and sorrow,” Yoder says. “I can be a witness to what is happening. And a lot of times that is all people need.”
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