Terry Lybrand walks along the wooden pier in Seal Beach, California. On the shore below, earthmovers drag sand into place, building dunes ahead of El Niño. But for now, the blue sky holds. Lybrand is out here often, meeting with friends, telling others about Jesus, or listening to Charles Stanley on the In Touch Messenger. As someone who has frequently moved throughout the U.S., she finds Dr. Stanley a comforting voice, not just on the Messenger but also on television, radio, and online.
Lybrand first heard about the Messenger through an In Touch Magazine article seven years ago. At the time, the device was going out to active-duty military. She thought, What if this could get into the hands of veterans stateside? During World War II, her father, James W. Lybrand, served as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, and he was there on June 21, 1944 when Allied forces at a Russian base were under heavy fire from the German Luftwaffe. Most of the Allied planes were too damaged to fly, but not Lybrand’s C-46, which he used to extract the seriously wounded and return with supplies. His actions that night earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Today her father’s bravery inspires Lybrand to serve others, particularly those who have served their country. Toward the end of his life, he spent a lot of time as a patient at the Veterans Affairs hospital, where Lybrand has since decided to volunteer. Seeing so many veterans bedridden, she desperately wanted to get Messengers into their hands. And she knew just the way to do it: through her friend, Chaplain Michael A. Jones.
Lybrand met Jones (read “To Serve With Honor”) as he was welcoming people to Sunday school, and she told the chaplain about the capabilities of the Messenger device. Always looking for new ways to serve his patients, Jones saw the inherent benefit. Most of the items the veterans receive are print products, so having an audio device has become a game-changer.
And Lybrand is thankful for the part she has played in ministering to the veterans. “With the Messenger,” Lybrand said, “even though I’ve heard many of the sermons before, they are new every time I hear them. I hope that our men and women in the military and at the VA hospital get the same feeling every time they listen to Dr. Stanley.”
Photograph by Ben Rollins