frustrating. Joey would say to her that he was tired of hearing himself sing when there were few voices joining in. Debbie understood, but encouraged him to continue. When Krista and Nikki attended the high school, Debbie led the worship time, often with the girls’ help. But they, too, felt frustrated that they didn’t seem to be making much of an impact.
After the girls died, though, the Mayers received several letters from teachers who had been watching their kids and noticed their faith and how they walked it out. In fact, the seemingly “fruitless” worship service inspired one of the teachers to start a prayer group with other teachers at the school! And it wasn’t just teachers who noticed, but kids noticed, too. After the funeral, kids told the Mayers things like, “I’ve watched your kids be a friend to sinners and it has shown me how to love unbelievers.” Half of the kids from the high school who attended the funeral went forward to receive Christ. The faith of Krista, Nikki, Jessica, and their family had made a difference in the lives of these kids.
As a memorial to Jessica, her basketball team presented the Mayers with a special gift. They had Jessica’s jersey framed along with a scripture verse, 2 Corinthians 4:18: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” All of the team members and the coaches signed her jersey, and they presented this to the Mayers at the year-end basketball party in front of the whole sports booster, which included first through seventh grades.