Speaking of Joy: One Small Town, One Great Love

There’s a little town in southeast Texas called Possum Trot.   It’s in the piney woods not far from the Louisiana border.

It’s a poor little town with farming and forestry roots in logging and millwork. The roughly 700 inhabitants live a simple, rural life.

And like many places with declining employment, Possum Trot has its share of troubles.   People struggling to get a job, keep a job, and keep up even when they have a job.   And there are a host of other worries, too:  minimal education, substance abuse, broken families.

But there was one problem that was becoming increasingly impossible for the community to ignore.   Possum Trot was home to an alarming and growing number of orphans.

In an inspired moment of love and leadership, Bishop W. C. Martin and his wife Donna called upon themselves and their congregation at Bennett Bethel Baptist Church to begin adopting these abandoned children.   

Twenty members, who were themselves struggling but holding on, followed the Bishop’s lead.  Over 70 children are now living in stable, loving, nurturing homes – many for the first time in their life.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in a world with so much need.  What can one person really do? How much change can one person really make?

Linda Sterling Sease, Speaking of Joy

Maybe more than you think.  

The once neglected children of Possum Trot now have dreams.  They want to be architects, soldiers and nurses.  And in their future life as partners, parents and professionals, they’ll create a ripple of positive inspiration and productive endeavors. 

The congregation of Bennett Bethel didn’t set out to do great things.   Their focus was on a love for the smallest of things – the children of Possum Trot, Texas. 

Until next week, I hope your life is full of joy and gratitude –


Linda Sterling Sease is a professional speaker, career coach & writer on the power of joy to transform companies, homes and communities.  To explore how Linda can work with your organization, call 303-319-5829 or email her at Linda at SterlingSease.com.