For 30 years, Faye Martin taught 6th grade students. One might consider that a lifetime of service. But in her retirement, she continues her service to others, albeit to a mostly older generation.
Martin is a member of Orchard Baptist Church, and several years ago, she organized a group of fellow members called "Shepherd's Staff." Once a month, they visit the home bound church members, generally about 20. They take along small gifts, offer a devotion and visit with them.
In another act of kindness, Martin volunteers at Alabama Hospice where she talks with patients or does whatever is needed. And twice a month, she visits residents at Gulf Coast Nursing Home. She also sits with those who need her so that their caregivers can take a break.
For 26 years, Faye Martin has been Sunday School Director at Orchard Baptist Church and she serves as Youth Director at Orchard, Crawford and Westlawn Baptist. She's taken young people to camp, on mission trips and hosts them on special weekends.
Martin enjoyed her years of teaching 6th graders at Scarborough Middle School, mentoring youngsters as they began their life's journey. But she looks forward to the hospice visits, too, listening to the patients' stories, sharing their laughter and tears, being a friend.
Her motto, which embodies her philosophy of life is "Keep a song in your heart, a smile on your face and let others see Jesus in you."