Hello everyone. Many may not know me. I’m Jon Wolf, Rollin Mitchell’s best friend since we were 13 years old. Over the past year, he has had many medical issues arise. Covid, blood clots and a tumor in his salivary gland (which will require surgery). He was also diagnosed with a genetic A1A deficiency and most recently, Parkinson’s. I could get into all the medical details, prognosis and all that go with it, but I will spare you all of that for now.
Many of you have been touched by Rollin and Deb by some way during your life. Maybe you attended a church they pastored. Maybe you were somewhere you heard Rollin preach and he impacted your walk with God. Maybe you attended kids camp. Maybe you’ve known them for years and have watched their dedicated, consistent commitment to God and His people. Most of you have stories or many experiences you could share. However, today, I want to share a few things about Rollin specifically.
Rollin is a giver. He has given his time, resources and money to further God’s kingdom many times. Growing up together, I always remember him, even as a young person, always giving in the offerings. He mowed yards and would always be giving to the church. I remember thinking how unusual it was for someone so young to always be putting his own money in the plates. One time, he and Deb were newly married, Rollin worked at Hertz’s Shoe Store in Madison, IN. A missionary came to their church for a service. He noticed when he knelt to pray that he had holes in the bottom of his shoes. After service, he took the missionary down to the shoe store and told him to pick out any pair of shoes he wanted. The missionary picked out a pair of Florsheim Wing Tip shoes. Expensive shoes for what Rollin made. He gave the missionary the shoes and the owner let him put it on an account at the store. It took him working 3 weeks to pay those shoes off. Many times, he’s put his last bit of money from his wallet into the offering plate. One time, he and Deb had driven to a revival (and taken a couple with them) and had just enough money to pay the road toll for the trip. When the offering plate passed, he said God clearly told him to put it all in. He obeyed, even though he knew he would have nothing left for the toll fee. When they drove up to the booth on the way home, without him saying a word, the passenger in the back said they wanted to pay the toll this time. God takes care of his own by using others many times. They’ve been in full time ministry for 38 years. 26 years of pastoring and 12 years they traveled in full time evangelism. They went to big churches and small churches. They didn’t go to just those places who could pay them a lot. Many times as they were traveling, when at smaller places, by time they paid for travel expenses (when gas was over $4/gal), they’d go in the hole by time they got home. They weren’t in it for the money. They were doing it because they were called. During that time in their lives, they had to take out a second mortgage on their home. Rollin and Deb have given their lives to the ministry. Only God knows the impact they have had. The future isn’t certain. We do not know what lies ahead for Rollin’s health but I feel God impressed on me that I needed to help raise the money to pay off their mortgage. This would be a huge burden off of them and would lessen their stress for the future. Maybe you can give a little, maybe you can give a lot. If we all work together, we can give a blessing back to them, as they have blessed us. Maybe you have had a loved one pass away who loved the Mitchells and you would like to donate in their memory. That would be a wonderful way to honor your loved one.
The Wolf Family is making a donation in memory of my mother, Dorthy (Granny) Wolf, who was Rollin’s Sunday School teacher when he was little. Ask God what you can do! And please share this. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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