I don’t know how many pastors, missionaries, and churches Dr. Jim and Sandra Binney have helped. I know they have helped me.
Sandra fought hard and long, but ultimately the cancer that afflicted her was the means God used to take her from her earthly body and bring her to her eternal home just after 3 am, Sunday, April 19.
My first acquaintance with the Binneys was at Northland Family Camp about ten years ago. Jim helped my heart and my church then. I remember him calling Sandra “drop-dead gorgeous.” She is! We loved them so much that week we took them home with us. Jim was free the weekend following camp, and agreed to come to our church and preach that Sunday.
My appreciation for the Binneys grew when I was called to pastor Calvary in 2003. Jim had been the interim pastor for the previous year. He and Sandra faithfully guided the flock through a critical transition period and prepared the way for the new shepherd.
Since then, Jim has been a mentor to me, encouraging and praying for me, counseling me through struggles, and helping me with some extremely challenging ministry issues. Jim has driven me deep into the Word. He has shown me how to experience fullness of life in Jesus Christ. I can honestly say that I would not be ministering today were it not for Jim and Sandra Binney’s influence in my life.
Sandra is warm, gracious and dignified. She is the ultimate in extending hospitality. She has been Jim’s partner in making many discouraged, hurting, fallen servants of God feel welcome, at ease, and comfortable sharing their deepest struggles so that they could receive genuine, nonjudgmental, life-giving counsel. She has played a vital role in restoring hurting, desperate, broken ministry workers to wholeness and fruitfulness.
Jim and Sandra together have rescued many, many servants of God – their personal lives, marriages, and ministries – from defeat and ruin. They have prevented many problems as well by equipping through conferences, books, and personal counsel. Jim is the preacher, counselor, and writer, but Sandra has always been his perfect complement and assistant. Only the Master knows all that Sandra has done for His servants and His name.
I hurt for Jim. I miss Sandra. I wonder if the members and ministers of Christ’s body will realize what we have lost.
I know Sandra is already enraptured in the eternal celebration. Her being there heightens my anticipation.
Enjoy, Sandra. We’ll be there soon.