Helen J. Sizemore, of Atlanta, GA was a woman far more remarkable than words here can do justice. She was a devoted Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a teacher and mentor to more than can be numbered. She helped the church know the Lord better and follow him more closely through a host of different means.
We share her example with you because of her love and legacy for survivors of sexual exploitation and slavery—the girls Rapha House is privileged to love and serve. She loved them, and not only in life, nor only in word. She loved them indeed, and she loves them still.
I never met Helen—not directly. I’ve been richly blessed through her children and grandchildren through the years, though. I’ve seen her fruit. I understand her life and legacy more clearly as I consider a couple of passages from the Word that she loved so much.
Jesus told a story in Matthew 13. It is often called the “Parable of the Sower,” and sometimes the “Parable of the Soils.” In it, Jesus paints the following picture, which he later explains is a picture of how different hearts respond to his teaching:
Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear. (Matthew 13:3-9, NASB)
I’m not Jesus, but when I think of Helen Sizemore, I wonder if there was perhaps even a “fivehundredfold” or “thousandfold” multiplier that Jesus just didn’t mention from the equation he shared with us.
Helen passed from this life on December 25, 2018-- the day on which people give gifts to celebrate the greatest gift we’ve been given: the birth of Jesus. Helen made sure that even her passing wouldn’t stop her from giving. Helen wrote the work of Rapha House into her estate plan. As a result, even today, Helen is helping make love and healing happen for the most forgotten, the most oppressed, and the most traumatized—those Helen knew to have a special place in the heart of God.
The writer of Hebrews relates the following about the faith of Abel:
By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. (Hebrews 11:4, NASB)
Through her faith, Helen still speaks. We praise God for her legacy. What will your money speak of you? What will your faith speak of you? What will your legacy be? We encourage you, as so many did in life, to consider following Helen’s example in this also.
She worked that others, including the girls of Rapha House, might experience freedom to the fullest. Helen, as you enjoy the fullness of your freedom, we thank you.
For more detail on Helen’s remarkable life and testimony, see https://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Obituary/2019/01/05/Helen-Josephine-Fox-Sizemore
If you include Rapha House in your estate plan or would like to know how you can do that, contact us at (417) 621-0373 extension 711, or DPeters@raphahouse.org.