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What Does Mrs. Bish Mean To You?

Mrs. Trina Bish has been a crucial part of Pastor's ministry for over 33 years. She has touched and impacted many hundreds of thousands of people around the country. She has loved others unconditionally and has passionately cared for those who needed it most.

Please, in a few words tell us what Mrs. Bish means to you. What has she done that has helped you? What was it that she said that changed your life? What makes her so special to you?

Be sure to leave your name and where you met her in the comments. We will be showing these to her regularly over the next several weeks.

Thank you on behalf the Bish's children: Tim, Sarah, and Anna.

111 comments (Add your own)

1. Vickie Warner wrote:
I first met you when I became a part of your family. I immediately saw Christ in you, your children, and Tom. You are the most amazing and Godly woman I have ever met. Your love and kindness touches all you meet. I love you and pray always.

November 15, 2017 @ 9:50 PM

2. The Miller’s wrote:
Mrs. Bish,
Thank you for being real. We are blessed that we were able to visit with you a little and we are praying that God will wrap his arms around you. Thank you for always loving others where they are. Thank you for being a fine example for other ladies to follow.

November 15, 2017 @ 9:50 PM

3. Brent Hoffman wrote:
I only met Mrs. Bish once on deputation but her memory has stayed with me. She was perhaps the happiest, funniest person I have ever met. I had a wonderful time with the whole Bish family but I especially remember Mrs. Bish. She spent the entire lunch laughing and joking and showing me how to hide the blood pudding that I didn't like. We have been praying for her every day since we heard the news and we will continue to pray for a miracle every single day.

November 15, 2017 @ 9:52 PM

4. Rebecca Lacombe wrote:
Mrs. Bish is the epitome of what a pastor's wife should be. She always takes time to talk to everyone, no matter how she feels. I can't think of one special thing she has said or done over the years that I've known her. She gave counsel during frustrating times in my life and encouraged me when I was down. She showed me what a real servant is and how to care for others. A few summers ago when I was at a crossroads in my life, she pulled me aside and told me how proud she was of me and how much she loved me. Everytime I see her she asks how I'm doing (and she wants to know the answer). She's always been concerned with my relationships and has encouraged me to fully trust God with my future, because He knows best. She is thankful, consistent, and real in everything. Mrs. Bish has made an impact on my life from the moment I met her 16 years ago. I love you Mrs. Bish! God is Always Good!

November 15, 2017 @ 9:53 PM

5. Brent Hoffman wrote:
I only met Mrs. Bish once on deputation but her memory has stayed with me. She was perhaps the happiest, funniest person I have ever met. I had a wonderful time with the whole Bish family but I especially remember Mrs. Bish. She spent the entire lunch laughing and joking and showing me how to hide the blood pudding that I didn't like. We have been praying for her every day since we heard the news and we will continue to pray for a miracle every single day.

November 15, 2017 @ 9:53 PM

6. Sandy Ruthven wrote:
The Bish's used to attend Heritage Baptist in Palmyra, N.Y. and Bro Bish was assistant Pastor there, as well as choir director, teacher,etc. Trina was always a special firecracker of a lady with a welcome smile and a twinkle in her eye. Her voice was a blessing to our choir. The story about her being a bus kid made it easy for our bus kids to see a goal to strive for in their lives.
I love that lady and have prayed for her many times through this journey, even as I prayed for Bro Bish through his amazing journey. Lord, keep your loving arms around this wonderful couple.

November 15, 2017 @ 9:56 PM

7. Matney Family wrote:
Was privileged to meet Mrs. Bish at the 2017 Missions conference at her church. What a wonderful lady!! She truly has encouraged us to do more for God! What an amazing lady with an amazing testimony!!!

November 15, 2017 @ 10:01 PM

8. Katie Torre wrote:
My favorite thing about Mrs. Bish is her hugs. Absolutely the best! From the moment I met her, all I've felt is unconditional, eternal love and generousity, compassion and strength. It's truly an honor to be loved by her, she's been such a blessing to my family. We will continue to pray; and always love her until our hearts our overflowing.
Love
Katie, Brandon and Ryan
Xo xo xo

November 15, 2017 @ 10:02 PM

9. Norah Mattei wrote:
Dear Mrs. Bish - I wasn't at Heritage Baptist Church for many years because I moved from Wallingford to Ohio. I just wanted to let you know how much you, Pastor Bish, and Heritage still mean to me. From the time I walked in the door until I moved you always had a smile and kind word for me😁 In the years since I have moved your kindness and caring have stayed in my heart. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. With much love in my heart - Norah Mattei

November 15, 2017 @ 10:02 PM

10. Brandon & Laura Stille wrote:
Mrs. Bish, you have an amazing ability to connect with people and to find common ground with them. So many times you've been able to use that ability to say something encouraging, kind, and helpful. You always try to put people at ease and make them feel welcome and comfortable. It sounds like you are still doing that, in spite of your great trial. That's what we remember about you -- others always came first. We and our whole church are praying for you and your family!

November 15, 2017 @ 10:14 PM

11. Kimberly Shorey wrote:
This is much harder to write then imagined it would be.

At the annual Christmas decorating night last year, Mrs.Bish was the first person I shared my testimony with at HBC. She was so kind and patient to listen to my story. As she told me her own testimony and about her family. I appreciated that she was so loving and encouraging.

What she didn’t know at the time is I was struggling with how open and honest everyone at church was about their life and their walk with God. Previously practing Catholic things were certainly not like that at church. Being that open and honest was such a scary and foreign concept to me, it made me afraid to share my testimony because I didn’t think anyone would believe me (as weird as that sounds now). That is until I shared it with Mrs.Bish and she was genuinely thrilled for me and her faith made me even more thrilled about being saved.

I know after that she prayed with fury that I would get baptized and again I put it off. I had a weird fear that Pastor Bish was going to drowned me because of our height difference, to be honest I was a little relieved when I found out brother Rob was the one that did it. When I finally decided to get over myself you guys were in Mexico, so I waited until you got back to do it but again what you didn’t know at the time was I waited to make sure Mrs.Bish was in church to see something she prayed about come to fruition.

Fast forward to Joshua and I getting married. Again we knew that Mrs.Bish had been praying for us to do so. We again wanted to make sure it was something that Mrs.Bish could attend because we wanted her to see another prayer answered. She was genuinely more excited for us then some of our relatives and I have wedding photos to prove it.

Lastly the faith that you have shown through you trial has been admirable. In a day and age where so many look up to athletes, actors and musicians, I am glad I and the rest of the younger ladies (probably the older ones too) have you to look up to. You could soak up the lime light but you don’t, instead you constantly say inspite of you god loves you anyway. You then give all glory to god and tell everyone that he’s always good which makes you even more admirable. I will forever be greatful to you for so many things but mostly for being my go to example of what a Great Christian woman should be/do.

When Proverbs 31 talks about a virtuous woman and describes her it reminds me of you Mrs.Bish.
31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
31:27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

God Bless you and your family, I don’t care what a doctor says I’m still praying for a miracle for you because as your husband said tonight it is never too late and our God can do anything!

November 15, 2017 @ 10:20 PM

12. Patty Peslak wrote:
Katrina, you have been the definition of laughter, reality, mercy, kindness, and the love of a marvelous Savior. Because you see your own humanity, I have been able to see that life can be full of joy in any situation. Because you have been faithful, I can know what a mighty God we serve. And because you love the Lord with an earnest sincerity, I can believe that God is always good. I love you, dear lady, and I love Jesus more because of you!

November 15, 2017 @ 10:22 PM

13. Jonathan Reimers wrote:
Mrs. Bish has been an incredible example and help to me. She has been almost like a second mom. I owe some very big aspects of my life to Mrs. Bish. She knew I loved music and she knew that God had given me a talent and she wouldn’t let it go until I started using it. Every time I get up in front of people to sing, I owe it to Mrs. Bish for teaching me to use my talents for the Lord. She’s also had an enormous impact on my life when it comes to dating. She’s been with me thru it all, the good and the bad, counseling and teaching me what to look for in a girl. God has brought me to an amazing young lady but it wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Mrs. Bish guiding and teaching me. I love you, Mrs. Bish

November 15, 2017 @ 10:26 PM

14. Phyllis spencer wrote:
I have never had the pleasure to meet Trish but i think my Pastor Ray Drake knows her...but my mom has been given 6 months to live she has end stage copd on hospice, and following Trish's journey me and my mom has Prayed for her💝 She has definally been a big testamony to us and she has taught us not to give up.God is Always Good and he is Always in control and we will continue to Pray for healing for her. God bless Trish and your whole beautiful family your faith is Amazing :)

November 15, 2017 @ 10:27 PM

15. Amy (Rice) Prindle wrote:
One of my favorite memories with Mrs. Bish was when she came with us on our school trip (Heritage Baptist in East Palmyra, NY) to Washington D.C. she was such great fun. We played Wally ball in the school gym that we stayed at while there. She laughed when we told her Brother Bish brought a whoopie cushion and was using it in the van. She was patient and always kind and loving. Her goal was to teach us how to be Godly young ladies. I am so thankful God brought her and Bro. Bush to us so long ago. Sending my love and prayers.
Amy

November 15, 2017 @ 10:27 PM

16. Paul Stewart wrote:
I met Mrs Bish when she became our pastors wife. I know throughmy teen years and even adult years she has prayed for me and my family. Her compassion, love for people and desire to know and seek Christ is very evident! Who and where I am today can be traced back to a pastor and wife who loved and prayed for teenagers! I saw Christ and what it was like to be a Christian through Mrs. Bish. We are praying for her and the Bish family!

November 15, 2017 @ 10:43 PM

17. Stew and Peggy Case and family wrote:
We met Brother Bish and Trina when they moved here to NY and became Assistant Pastor. he also directed the choir and did the teens. My kids loved them with all the activities he had for them and have a great respect for them. Stew worked with Brother Bish in the music ministry. Myself I looked up to Trina. She is down to earth, funny and the sweetest lady. She is an example of what a Christian Lady should be. She love the Lord and her family . I have a great respect for this sweet lady. We sure had alot of fun with u guys when u lived here in NY. Alot of memories. Today we were going through our pictues and came across some pictures of the two of u. A treasure for sure. Trina we have been praying for u and we love u. We will continue to pray for a miracle.

November 15, 2017 @ 10:45 PM

18. Rachel Bourque wrote:
Hi, you may not remember me, I use to attend BBC in Latrobe, PA and I always remember at games between Jeanette and BBC you were so willing to spend time to talk with me. I was going through a time in my life where I didn't really feel like anyone outside my family and a few close friends wanted me, but whenever you were around you made me feel special. I was so sad when you all moved away, and since I heard about the cancer, I have been praying for you. I know God has a reason, and we will have to trust Him.
Love in Christ,
Raych

November 15, 2017 @ 11:16 PM

19. Tracey Miller wrote:
I met you many years ago at Harvest Baptist Church in Newkensington Pa. I knew you & your husband through Joyce & Jim.
I loved your husbands preaching and also loved what I saw in you as his best friend and Godly Christian wife.
I have prayed for your family often as Joyce would ask for prayer for health or strength of whatever your family were struggling through.
I heard of the news of your GBM a year after I had lost my brother to the exact same brain cancer.
There is a very strong connection with memories of all what our family went through as my brother fought to live just one more day longer. He learned to love God in a way he never thought of God before.
I truly, trust and believe God knows what He’s doing but why we will never know until we meet Him face to face with answers that we will be able to understand.
I have had you and your family in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to do so.
I love you for who you are and who you have become.
And until we meet again wither it be here on earth or in Heaven you will always make me smile because you always have had one on you.

November 15, 2017 @ 11:34 PM

20. John Harris wrote:
I met her at the 2016 missions conference at HBC. She was very encouraging and she was always smiling and laughing. She reminded me of a Proverbs 31 lady. We love you all from Belize.

November 16, 2017 @ 12:10 AM

21. Brooke Luckingham wrote:
It must javr been the early fall of 2006. I had been struggling with some things in our current church and desires for a more Biblically-minded church. Then I did not know any existed. We got a knock on the door and 3 young teenagers wearing skirts were on the porch. They gave me a Bible tract and asked me to come visit the church. I knew they were sent by God. We visited and that was the beginning of a new life for my family. Soon after we started attending Mrs. Bish encouraged one of the members to befriend me, knowing somehow we would become good frienda, for years. I have so many sweet thoughts of Mrs. Bush and I a forever grateful for her kindness to me and my family!

November 16, 2017 @ 3:06 AM

22. Karen Greene wrote:
Isaiah 40:28-31, “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord , the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Ephesians 6:10, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”

Reading these verses this morning, I thought of Pastor and Mrs. Bish. My dad, Richard Bailey, has been a member of Heritage for many years. You are his family and y’all have been such a tremendous blessing to him. Thank you for loving and taking care of my daddy! My prayers are continually with you! May the Lord wrap His loving arms around you both and draw you closer than ever before! May you continue to experience the peace of God that passes all understanding! 💕

November 16, 2017 @ 6:51 AM

23. Darlene Cottrell wrote:
Darlene, The sweet Lord has been putting you on my heart a lot lately, just thought you would like to know how much He loves you!! Love and prayers, Trina

(That message I received April 14th 2013 from her ❤)

I just wanted you to know that you are loved and prayed for. ~ Trina
(I received this one January14, 2015)

I will be praying for you. God has a beautiful way of taking care of things when we wait on Him. It sounds like you are seeing the fruit of your prayers! PTL. 💕
(I received this one January 17, 2015 from her❤)

I was led to the Lord, along with my husband, by Pastor Bish and Trina. I can't ever thank them enough for that!
I was in church often through their time at Heritage in Pa, but not faithfully. Trina was always very helpful and kind to me and willing to help me in any way. She reached out to me with these messages even though they were living in Connecticut, with a huge church of their own, with their own people to minister to! Yet she reached out to me! Not once! But several times!!! I can not say how special that was to me! How it encouraged me! God knew I needed just that! Trina is love and grace through and through, she just loves and has grace and doesn't even notice the scrapes, scars, dirt, stains of sin and the world, she just sees people and loves people, helps people, and builds people. She's a beautiful soul filled with grace and love. One you can let your guard down and just be who you are and share with her and know she isn't judging, but loving. Trina is beauty, inside and out, a rare lady indeed! I love and pray for you Trina ❤ your love for the Lord is both priceless and precious and such an evident testimony to all! You have made an impact and difference in my life and countless others! ❤

November 16, 2017 @ 7:31 AM

24. Laurel Stearns wrote:
I met Trina about 7 years ago. I new right away that we would be good friends. She has a way of making anyone and everyone feel comfortable and loved. Two and a half years ago Pastor Bish and Trina flew out to California so Pastor could perform my son's wedding. The wedding was on a huge ranch. After having the rehearsal the day before the wedding, I realized that I did not bring shoes that were going to work on the rugged terrain. Trina immediately volunteered her shoes lol because that's just who she is. I wore her shoes down the aisle and she wore another pair that she had with her. Trina is the real deal. She looks for ways to be a blessing and is truly a light shining brightly for our Lord. I surely love you Trina Bish!

November 16, 2017 @ 7:40 AM

25. Sarah Beane wrote:
I first met Mrs. Bish when my mother and I began attending Northeast Baptist Church. We had a revival meeting or conference of some sort, and Pastor and Mrs. Bish got there early, and she began talking to me, and asking me questions about my family and my story. When I told her it was just my mom and I that always went to church, my dad was an alcoholic, she told me her story of growing up a bus kid and how God can use me no matter what. I have never forgotten that to this day. She has always been a picture of God’s love and grace. Whenever I would see her, she would always give me a big hug. At teen camp in 2013, her and Pastor Bish visited. She asked me all about my boyfriend and when we were getting engaged. The very next day we got engaged. She was so thrilled and happy for us. She gave me the biggest hug and said my mom would be so proud. (My Mom had passed away several months prior.) Mrs. Bish’s example of faithfulness, encouragement, and love is one that I admire, and strive to be emulate. She’s truly a precious lady. <3

November 16, 2017 @ 7:46 AM

26. Tammi Ross wrote:
Trina means friendship, love, grace, Proverbs 31, faithful, hilarious, so-so driver (she never met a curb she didn't like!), sweet, real, down to earth, that laugh that lets you find her in a pitch dark parking lot, wisdom, encourager, beautiful, sometimes convicting, selfless, soulwinner, someone to emulate, the best 🌼

November 16, 2017 @ 8:12 AM

27. Katie Garraway wrote:
Mrs. Bish, I just met you a few months ago at your church's youth rally :) But in that short time I've known you, you have really blessed my life! First of all, your faith in God, and unwavering love for Him in the midst of your trial was shocking to me! I don't know if I could be as strong in that position - but if I ever am one day, I will definitely be looking to your example and saying, "God, give me faith like Mrs. Bish!"
Another thing I loved about you was your bubbly, friendly, loving personality! I felt as if I'd known you my whole life! It's one thing to be bubbly when you're feeling great, but you genuinely love on people even when you're in pain and feeling horrible. That is a challenge to me! To love others more than I love myself.
Caleb and I love you, Mrs. Bish and Pastor, and the rest of the family! You are all in our prayers, for God to pour out grace and peace like you've never experienced before! And that the God of wonders will perform a miracle of healing on your body! "Is anything to hard for the Lord?"

November 16, 2017 @ 8:31 AM

28. Jill Turner wrote:
Dear Mrs. Bish,

I have never met you in person, but have been praying for you and following your cancer journey through Mrs. Amy Vassak. I am a cancer survivor so I know to some degree what battling is like. I also know how the peace that passes understanding comes over you during the battle. Despite the terrible difficulties, the light of your Savior has shined through, and knowing your eternity is in Heaven with your family, your friends, and even with me, brings me great joy! I will continue to pray for healing because even at this point, God is able, if it is His plan, and I am also praying for strength for you and your family, whatever path His plan leads you all to follow. Please know you have touched so many lives on this journey, and are very loved and prayed for. May God richly reward you and your loved ones as you trust His plan.

November 16, 2017 @ 9:03 AM

29. Kiersten Apedaile wrote:
I first met Mrs.Bish when we started going to Heritage while my dad was stationed in Connecticut. From the first day we visited the church she made us feel at home and was just so friendly to us. Over the years we have known her she has been a great example to my sister and I on what a godly woman looks like. We love you Mrs.Bish and are praying for you!

November 16, 2017 @ 9:08 AM

30. Samantha (Spencer) Belanger wrote:
I met Mrs. Bish when my grandma and I started to attend Heritage about 11 years ago. She was always warm and welcoming. I got to know her more personally when Anna and I began to work together and when her family graciously took me to Michigan with them to check out Grace Baptist College. She just made me feel so accepted even though I was a newer Christian and didn’t really know what I was doing or how to act. When I stepped away from church/God about 7 years ago through my own selfish doubt and fear, she would mail me notes saying she missed me. When I did come back to church about 4 years ago she was there with open arms and an excited shout! She is selfless and kind. She is what I strive to be as a Christian woman. She truly shows how God is real and Good.

November 16, 2017 @ 9:12 AM

31. Betty Fellows wrote:
We met your family at Heritage in the late '80's when our family visited for a few months. Your family welcomed us warmly. And you even allowed our daughter, Courtney, an overnight stay when we had to make an out of town trip. Thank you for showing us Christ's love and for times of fellowship. We have prayed for your family and appreciate your shining light of God's marvelous grace.
Love,
Don and Betty

November 16, 2017 @ 9:49 AM

32. Maureen Moore wrote:
I met Trina at HBC in Jeannette, Pa when Pastor Bish knocked on our door and invited us to church. My husband went i did not! He was soon going every week and i went on special occasions. She always made me feel welcome even though she barely knew me! She never judged me just always greeted me with a smile! She was thrilled when I started coming every week. She is the most gracious and most amazing woman I have ever met! Her love for the Lord and her family has made a difference in my life! My family loves you Trina and we are praying for you!

November 16, 2017 @ 12:53 PM

33. Kayte McCoy wrote:
The word "authentic" always comes to my mind in regards to Mrs. Bish. I've only spent short amounts of time with Mrs. Bish at Ladies Conference or Youth Conference, but over the past decade or so of brief encounters, I see a genuine lady of faith, one who has a heart for encouraging other pastors' wives. It's almost like she desires to give us permission to be ourselves while serving and loving in our various ministries. I've greatly appreciated the godly example; she's the "real deal" with a generous spirit.

The McCoy family, and Harts Hill Baptist Church members, are praying for you, Mrs. Bish, your husband, Sarah, Anna and Tim, their spouses and children and the church family at Heritage.

November 16, 2017 @ 1:54 PM

34. Jaime Marchan wrote:
I got to meet you last year when I came to help with Spanish ladies conference. Your genuine Christianity and joyful spirit were refreshing, and I feel blessed that I had the privilege of meeting you. Thank you for looking out for my daughter also, and making sure she had someone to sit with in the teen sessions. I'm praying for you and your sweet family.

November 16, 2017 @ 2:48 PM

35. Anna Brown wrote:
I first met Mrs. Bish at Grace Baptist College in my mid-20s. I'll never forget that although she hardly knew me, she sat down in my office and spent several minutes speaking with me and encouraging me, as a single adult, that the Lord had a special plan (and man) for my life. :-) Years went by and my husband and I stayed at the same hotel as she and Pastor Bish during the Northeast vision summit. When we met up in the lobby she greeted us and sat and spoke with us for a long time like she had known us our whole lives. Her welcoming spirit just warmed my heart. From her testimony I have learned what it means to be real, to love others, to love the Lord, and what it means to truly forgive. She is one special lady :-)

November 16, 2017 @ 3:37 PM

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November 16, 2017 @ 6:47 PM

37. Bill Goldsborough wrote:
I began to notice God's hand at work in young Katrina Warner's life during the early years that FBC of Hammond experienced mega-growth in its bus ministry. This was occurring in part, because of the influx of Hyles-Anderson students excitedly joining what may well have been at that time, (1980-1987) the largest bus ministry in the world, bringing thousands of riders to church every Sunday. God had opened a door of opportunity for me, as a married student, to be a captain in Division 1 of bus route 70-6 on Chicago's northwest side. Our route flourished greatly during the 3 years we worked by our Heavenly Father's mighty hand. There is no doubt in my mind that Katrina and our 3 other workers were being molded to find great opportunities of their own in the Lord's service, which included, in Trina's case, finding their life's mate in marriage. What a giving, tenderhearted, dedicated, submitted,and sacrificial servant she was ALREADY as a bus worker! I am not surprised that she was to eventually marry a man whose testimony before and during his pastorate is practically unequalled. I want to thank the Lord for bringing so many wonderful people across my path in this Christian life. Thank you, Katrina Bish for illustrating the mercy and grace that God so often teaches in Scripture! (II Cor.2:14)

November 16, 2017 @ 7:39 PM

38. Deb Oakes-Kenney wrote:
Shortly after my first visit to Heritage Baptist Church there was a knock at my door. My sister informed me that my pastor's wife was here to see me. I was a bit uncomfortable at first, wondering just why this "stranger" would take the time to come out to see me at home. It didn't take long for me to realize that this sweet, warm, open woman simply wanted to welcome me to the church family and to let me know that if I ever needed anything I should just call on her. She shared her past with me and I found out that we share many of the same experiences. It also didn't take me long to realize that Heritage Baptist Church was the church I was meant to belong to. I was saved, baptized, and am now a proud member of this wonderful Family of God. I would have gone back anyway after that first visit, but Trina coming to see me made me look forward to it with a new anticipation...and she's been just as sweet, warm, and open since that day. In the 4+ years that I've known her I have never seen her without a smile on that beautiful face and a kind spoken word, and that includes up to and through the past 11 months that she's been walking down this hard road. I told her once that I wanted to put her on a little key chain and carry her with me because she's always so comforting and loving. I meant it then; I mean it now. I love you, Trina, and cherish every conversation we ever had or ever will have. Your strength and faith are amazing.....and so are you! May God bless you always.

November 16, 2017 @ 9:05 PM

39. Irene Logan wrote:
My Dearest Mrs. Bish,

I remember meeting you the first time I visited HBC. That day, I sat by myself in the back of the church feeling somehow out of place. I could see you happily talking to different people, shaking hands with some, and exchanging smiles with others. I didn't expect you to come to talk to me, as I didn't know you. However, you did. You were wearing a beautiful floral sweater and necklace that match well, but most importantly you wore your beautiful smile.

You welcomed me to Heritage Baptist Church, and I knew in my heart that you were genuine, I could see that you were not just polite. You asked who I had come with and invited me to sit with you once you learned that I was alone. That invitation may be small to others, but it meant a lot to me. You showed me that you understood the emotions I was feeling. Thank you.

As time went by and I got to know you better, I began noticing that you are a woman of many facets, a woman with many roles who puts her heart and love in all that she does. As a pastor's wife, mother, friend, counselor and a child of God, you are an example to the rest of us. I always wonder how you can do it all and do it so well. Then I remember that your strength, your faith, and your love come from our Lord.

I want you to know that I thank our Lord for bringing you into my life. Through the years, you have been that friend I know will always be there for me. You love unconditionally. You have been my encourager and my spiritual and emotional support at all times. Your cards, texts, and phone calls always come at the time when I need them most. I am amazed of how the Lord has used you to bless my family and I. In one of our conversations; you said to me "Your beautiful little girl is getting big, she needs to keep growing in the fear of the Lord. I would love to see her in church more often" There was no judgment in your words just heartfelt concern and love. You put my family's needs before yours, how can I ever repay you?

Before I met you, there was only one woman -my mom- that I looked up to and admired. She like you, had a humble spirit, a kind heart, an unshakable faith, and a love for God that never wavered. You are the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31. I pray that one day others may see the Lord through my life as I see Him through yours.

We love you and continue to pray for you

November 16, 2017 @ 9:28 PM

40. Alpha Cepeda wrote:
Mrs. Bish, I remember going to my very first ladies conference at your church. I come from such a small church, and seeing a familiar face when you came to Hyles-Anderson college encouraged my heart. When you spoke about your upbringing, having not being raised in a Christian home, but yet you were so used by God. You motivate, and inspire me Mrs. Bish 💜

November 16, 2017 @ 11:26 PM

41. Emily Johnson wrote:
We met when I was in Connecticut for Makenna’s wedding. She and her husband were at my table and I remember how interested she was in me just finding out how I knew Makenna and Josh and asking a little bit about my life. She left such a good impression on me after we I left. I hope that someday I can be as caring and invested in people even if I just talk to them for five minutes. I will be wearing my “God is always good” shirt tomorrow and praying every chance I get! ❤️

November 16, 2017 @ 11:51 PM

42. Kerry Lee Ryan wrote:
Trish is a strong lady! She has strong faith in God. And is a great example to follow. I'm glad that I'm able to know her and can follow her example as she serve Christ! Will keep praying for her and her family! I love the Bish family!

November 17, 2017 @ 5:56 AM

43. Raul Pinto wrote:
I have appreciated her love for the Lord, her support of her husband in everyway she could in ministry and at home through "sunny" and "dark" times. She has consistently demonstrated her willingness to be used of God with the talents He has given to her for many years. In several different ministries at the church she has served "behind the scenes", filling needs as well as doing things only known to the Lord. Countless believers as well as visitors have been blessed by her smile, listening ear, her laughter, friendliness, kindness, generosity, and care. She has been a living example of what a pastor's wife should be. I have appreciated all the cards she has signed and sent when I was on staff on special days. God has blessed Heritage Baptist Church when He sent Pastor Bish but definitely a double blessing with Mrs. Bish at his side, God bless you with His grace and peace! Thank you Mrs. Bish for blessing me personally! Love in Christ, Bro. Pinto

November 17, 2017 @ 10:26 AM

44. Wendy (Case) Howard wrote:
Pastor and Mrs. Bish were my Youth Pastor and Youth Pastor's Wife. Mrs. Bish was such a godly example of what I wanted to be when I got older. She was always so real and genuine. I remember a split teen fundamental meeting when she took a rose that Bro. Bish gave her. She told us all to smell it and feel it as it was passed around the room. We were all so careful trying not to kill her rose. By the time it came back to her she was surprised we were so careful, and told us we weren't helping her example because we were suppose to mess with it a bit. So she roughed it up a little. She began to use that rose as a picture of us. How that as young ladies we may go from guy to guy and as we date to find our mate and that we need to be careful in being passed around because the guy that God has for you is out there. By the time you are done being "passed around" you have lost a petal here and a petal there and you are not a whole perfect rose any more. There are so many young ladies I have passed that illustration on to. The Lord is so good, and I am so thankful that I was able to have Pastor Bish and Mrs. Bish as wonderful examples in my life. I love them dearly, and I will be praying for strength, comfort, and wisdom for the whole family during these next few months.

November 17, 2017 @ 11:56 AM

45. Michelle Geer wrote:
Pastor and Mrs. Bish came to Heritage Baptist Church (Palmyra, NY) soon after I became a teen . Words can not express how grateful I am to have had their example during that time. As many others have already stated...she's both genuine and real. I agree. There is nothing fake about Trina. (She recently told me I was now old enough to call her Trina so I am. Feels odd.) :)

And still the Bishes are setting an example for me. They are
behaving in a way that all of us would hope to act in the same or similar situation. I am amazed and thankful.

I wish I could express better how I feel, but words fail me. Know that I am praying for Trina and all of the Bish family. God is good.

November 17, 2017 @ 12:33 PM

46. Angela Thomas wrote:
I first met Mrs. Bish when I was a student/faculty member at International Bible College in New York. Anna also came as a student (thankfully, because I needed her wonderful friendship at that time) and Pastor Bish was also teaching some classes. I remember being amazed at how happy Mrs. Bish was! She had this glow on her face and was genuinely interested in knowing who I was. I could see a difference in her, more than I have seen in others. I saw how much she loved Jesus and she was a walking testimony of His goodness and grace, as she still is today.

But perhaps the most memorable moment was when, several years later, we saw each other again at Teen Camp in New Hampshire. I knew who she was right away, and I went up to say hello, not expecting her to remember me. But to my amazement, she knew exactly who I was! It wasn’t that she could place me from that time she was in New York, no, she genuinely remembered me. I introduced her to my mother and we just chatted. She could tell (without me saying anything) that I was struggling with something and she just asked outright. I looked at her like, “how did you know?” And she just said “I can see it in your eyes.” And then she just talked with me and gave me more encouragement and hope in that moment than I can express.

Words cannot describe how blessed I feel to have met Mrs. Bish. There are very few special people like her in this world, that when you meet them, even for a fleeting moment, they touch your lives enough to cause such an impact. I know God is in control and knows exactly what He’s doing, and her words ring in my ears, “God is ALWAYS good.” Thank you Mrs. Bish for dedicating your life to God and giving everything you have to everyone you meet. Thank you for making an impact in my life. God sent you at a moment when I needed it most, and you allowed Him to use you. I cannot think of a better example of God’s love and hope that one day, I can do for others what you have done for me. All my love and prayers for you and your family.

November 17, 2017 @ 2:43 PM

47. ROSEMARY WEDER wrote:
TRINA, YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SUCH A HELP TO ME. YOUR WORDS HAVE ENCOURAGED ME AND STRENGTHENED ME. THE LOVE OF OUR LORD JESUS SHINES IN YOU. WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY THAT WILL BE WHEN WE REJOICE TOGETHER WHERE THERE WILL BE NO MORE PAIN NOR CRYING.

November 17, 2017 @ 2:51 PM

48. Katie Onze wrote:
When I first came to Heritage Baptist Church, Mrs. Bish welcomed me with open arms. She made sure she said hello every Sunday. As someone new to the Church, this meant the world to me. I looked forward to seeing her each and every time. She has a way about her that makes you feel like you have known her your whole life.
The grace, the poise, and the charm she shows each day are awe inspiring. She is a woman that all ladies, young and old can look up to with her unwavering faith and dedication to God. I feel blessed that I know Mrs. Bish and her family. I pray every day for her and will continue to do so!

November 18, 2017 @ 8:28 AM

49. Sarah Foss-Cabie wrote:
I met Trina when I first moved to Connecticut. I had become friends with Donna and Rich Maningding and Lily Beurer and started to tag along with them to the Filipino ministry parties and worship. Mrs Bish introduced herself and we had the nicest talk about Gods plan and learning to truly trust God. Being young still and rather unsure of myself and confused about my faith when I first moved to CT, her words stayed with me and I found myself processing and thinking about what she said more and more. I started to let go of the negativity in my heart and instead opened my heart to trust the Lord and thank him for all the good and bad things for his plan for me was far better than mine. Now years later married with a son, her words are still there and I know God had her talk to me to see things clearly as he wanted me to. She was the perfect messenger that he chose. Thank you always Mrs. Bish ❤️

November 18, 2017 @ 10:42 AM

50. Brian Fisher wrote:
We have a unique tie to Pastor and Mrs Bish through the avenue of adoption. It’s a pretty cool thing and God is so good. We love Pastor and Mrs Bish. They are always so encouraging and happy. Wish our paths crossed more often. They always show a genuine interest in us when we talk and they always are so proud of the family God has blessed them with. Mrs Bish is loving, kind, and tuff but with a gentleness that is Christlike. You always felt a little better after you talk with her. My wife especially loves her dearly. She’s made an impact on so many. What an example to follow! God bless and may He give peace beyond understanding.

November 20, 2017 @ 11:16 AM

51. Kathryn Smith wrote:
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Trina you have been so up lifting to me showing me more about having Faith. You are beautiful lady inside and outside. Your laughter is contagious and so happy. God's Love unto you. My love to you.

November 20, 2017 @ 11:42 AM

52. Charlene Kelleher wrote:
I first met you Mrs.Bish at Mountian View Baptist Church... Mr. Bish and yourself were our guest speakers during our Valentines Couple Banquet. I remember thinking... wow... Mrs. Bish is such a sweet, amazing, Godly woman !!!! I remember thinking my goodness, I wish you were part of my family... I just hope one day that I could be half of the Godly woman that you are !!! Your love for The Lord just absolutely radiates through out you, and just pours out in an everlasting abundance !!! One thing for sure that I am in complete awe of, is how even throughout everything you are going through, your smile could still illuminate the darkest of dark places, you can almost feel the warmth, and comfort your presence brings just by looking at your photographs, and how even through all this, you still give GOD all the glory! Your faith is completely unshaken and proves that The Lord is very much so alive and living in you !!! Your such an amazing testimony for The Lord !!! I love you Mrs. Bish !

November 20, 2017 @ 12:23 PM

53. Maria Mulhausen (Frieder) wrote:
I met Mrs. Bish back in 1999 when my family started to attend the church.
Although I haven't seen her for over a decade what I fondly remember the most about her is her joyful laugh that filled the room, her smile, and her ever present happiness as she walked around talking to and joking with the congregates.
Such a beautiful and caring lady that I'm glad I knew in my youth.
I pray for the Bish family that God would give them peace and comfort at this time.

November 20, 2017 @ 12:32 PM

54. Melody Fusco wrote:
Dearest Trina,
From the moment I had my first conversation with you, I knew I had met someone who would have my heart. You could have easily overlooked me or been distantly polite (as many ladies in ministry do), but instead you sat across from me at the dinner table, one woman to another and just shared all of your heart with me! I remember you listening patiently as I shared what the Lord was doing in my life. You rejoiced with me and shared openly what the Lord was doing in your life as well. During major transitional moments of my life, you were there to be a friend and genuinely care about me. When my husband and I were being stretched outside of our comfort zones, you were there sitting, listening, building me up and praying for me. I can’t begin to express to you what those moments have meant to me; they are just a small portion of the many reasons why you will always have my heart! I am thankful to God for you and I count it a privilege to call you my friend. I love you!

November 20, 2017 @ 1:18 PM

55. Emily Ross wrote:
I have known Mrs. Bish for my whole life. My parents attended Heritage Baptist Church in Jeannette, before my dad became the pastor.

Every single time I see Mrs. Bish, she makes a special time to talk with just me. There are always a lot of people around, be we will just find a place to catch up for a few minutes.

I remember when our family went to New York with Pastor, Mrs. Bish, & Anna. We had such a great time. I think that Mrs. Bish was just as excited as us kids were!

She is always so encouraging and uplifting to talk to. She has such a love for people and I hope that one day,

I will be able to have that same love as well.

You are all in my continued prayers. Love you much!

Emily R. :)

November 20, 2017 @ 2:29 PM

56. Chris and Laurie Apedaile wrote:
Mrs. Bish,

We will always remember the loving nature when we came to Heirtage Baptist Church back in July 2010. I often tell people that they only thing that I loved about CT was our church family and Mrs. Bish had a big part of this family. My girls and I have always remember with love the sound of your laugh in the back of the church that was a great joy to hear and we will always remember you laughing and loving The Lord. We love you and your family. Praying for you ❤️

November 20, 2017 @ 3:11 PM

57. Cara Simmons wrote:
We began attending Heritage thirteen years ago, when I was pregnant with Susanna. I was amazed at how friendly the church was, especially the pastor and his wife. Her warmth has been an inspiration to me. She has been an amazing role model to me, someone whom I would love to emulate. When my babies were little, I felt I needed to do more, but she encouragement me to just be a wife and mom, assuring me that it was okay to focus on my family as my main ministry. It was always a delight to see her working in the office at school, in between my teaching times, where she would encourage me in my child training. She had a genuine concern for my hurts, especially when it came to personal family issues. Her smile is real and she is a beautiful woman, inside and out. I love you, Mrs. Bish. Praying for you continually.
Love,
Cara

November 20, 2017 @ 3:31 PM

58. Amanda Louise Vann (Bish) wrote:
Where to begin? The only aunt who truly invested herself in knowing me...knowing how I was doing, what I was doing, or where I was going with my life, especially in terms of serving the Lord and living for the Lord with my whole heart. Your eyes could see if my smile was genuine or just covering up a hurt or burden. You influenced me to be better, to live above the trouble, and to strive for that close relationship with Christ who would see me through anything I was facing or would face. You helpd me through so so much. You taught me so much. I always walk away feeling encouraged, uplifted, or at the very least in a better state of mind when I'm around you. Genuine, real, trustworthy, Kind, unselfish....my aunt, my pastor's wife when I was a teen, my friend...There is only one Aunt Trina, but I wish there were more people like you. Even from afar I know you love me and are praying for me. Words cannot express all I'm feeling right now, so many emotions and just overwhelmed with love for you. just wish we all lived closer. I love you so much!

November 20, 2017 @ 4:28 PM

59. Mrs. Yolanda Pagan wrote:
The Lord allowed me to meet Mrs. Bish on my beloved daughter's birthday...some time before she actually became my daughter. You see, Mrs. Bish introduced my son to his now wife, now my daughter, Makenna. Mrs. Bish had driven Makenna all the way from Connecticut to Michigan, all so Makenna could continue her Bible College education! I remember being introduced to Mrs. Bish and feeling like she was an old friend who I had juat seen the week before and was now catching up on the latest with.
The next time i saw her, was at the wedding. The reception was in full swing and I was an emotional wreck, believing I was fooling everyone that I was fine. But she knew I wasn't. And with the finesse of a skilled cardiac surgeon, she came alongside me, spoke to me, and sat with me as I mourned a self perceived loss. As I listened to her gentle and loving words, the realization of the day's true event slammed into me like a ton of bricks. God had sent my son not just a wife but me a daughter, who she had been lovingly, carefully and painstakingly nurturing and caring for. Truly, God is always good.
I most likely will never see Mrs. Bish again, but I am so glad to be able to take this opportunity to thank her for the investment she has made in the lives of other women and for the fierce faithfulness she daily offers the Lord Jesus Christ!!! 🐞

November 20, 2017 @ 4:37 PM

60. Uncle Richard and Aunt Peach wrote:
Dearest Katrina,
After reading all of these wonderful comments about you we are beginning to realize just what an amazing life you have lived and what a tremendous influence you have been on so many people and always giving glory to God. We knew you from early on, a little girl with a whole lot of determination, kindness, and love that would carry you to many places, touching many lives, and always leaving smiles and blessings along the way. Your faith and witness to others has been such an example to all of us. You have demonstrated to all just what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
We have so many fond memories of you and your beautiful family and they bring smiles as we reflect on those special times together.
We love you dearly,
Uncle Richard and Aunt Peach

November 20, 2017 @ 5:02 PM

61. Pastor Dale &amp; Rhonda Forbes wrote:
We had a great conversation in the bus on the way to Philly, from Solid Rock, during the Summit. We were long time friends instantly! Thank you for your kindness to us!
We sure love you

November 20, 2017 @ 7:01 PM

62. Ev. Calvin Allen wrote:
Mrs. Bish,
I was honored to have met you and your dear family years ago. I’ve watched you as mother be what your children needed. I’ve watched you as a wife be a blessing and helpmeet to my friend.
Your infectious happy spirit and “can do” attitude have always been a joy to see.

Thank you for our fun talks and gracious hospitality every time I came to preach and sing, or just be in Rob and Anna’s wedding.

I love sharing our testimonies together and was happy to be with a fellow bus kid that happen to be a preacher’s wife! I loved when you share a feisty moment then had to wheel the bus kid part back in! :)

Our family loves you and the entire Bish family! You’ve been an inspiration and faithful servant of Jesus.

November 20, 2017 @ 7:16 PM

63. Kay Hawkins wrote:
Trina,

You are such a blessing to me! Your ready smile, your laugh, your kind words, memories of HAC times, seeing each other at the Summit, our phones all dinging simultaneously as we came down the mountain from the Couples Retreat, our husbands talking when you were getting the church going in Jeannette.... and so much more! Thank you for being such a great testimony and example. My class prays for you each day in prayer time. Please know how loved you are!! Kay :)

November 20, 2017 @ 8:29 PM

64. Jenni Raymond wrote:
Mrs. Bish is the first pastors wife that has taken the time to send a note or text saying You are loved and I’m praying for you!! She has inspired me to be a better person. Her and Pastor have set an example of faith that is real. I’m very thankful that God brought my family to Heritage. We love you Mrs. Bish and Pastor Bish!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

November 20, 2017 @ 9:09 PM

65. Bekah McCullough wrote:
When I think of Mrs. Bish, I think of three words: love, laughter, friend.
The first time I met Mrs. B (or re-met, she knew my family when I was young) was when I visited their church with a missionary friend of mine. The Bish’s were kind enough to go for ice cream at McDonald’s afterward. Right away she started to prod and poke like she does, asking questions and entering my world. Honestly, I thought, “I don’t even know you lady!” But even that very first night I knew she cared, pouring out love and encouragement to someone she barely knew . How very Christ-like.
Who doesn’t love Mrs. Bish’s laughter?!?!?!? It’s contagioius! It’s joy filled! It’s sincere. Everywhere she goes, she fills the place with joy and laughter. One of my favorite things is seeing her laugh and have a good time with my kids. They love her, who wouldn’t? Joy is just who she is. How very Christ-like
Friend- one of the dearest and most wonderful words there is. Anyone who knows Mrs. Bish has a friend, and one of the most dearest and wonderful. She will love you to the end, rich or poor, famous or unknown, simple or complex. She has a gift of making everyone feel like they’re her closest friend, but I know I really am. :) Seems to me, that’s very Christ-like.
Mrs. Bish, I wish I could sit at your feet and soak in all the wisdom God has taught and given to you over the years. I wish I could take every day and ask you a thousand questions. I wish I could enjoy hearing your laughter a thousand times more. And I wish through this writing you can feel the warm and intense respect and love I have for you. I love you so, my dear friend.

PS all these emojis are because she never forgets them in a text
❤️💕❤️💕❤️😘😘😘😘❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️

November 20, 2017 @ 10:26 PM

66. Glenda Gibson wrote:
I only met you once when your husband preached at my church one weekend....Faith Baptist in Columbia, MO. With just that one time, I could see you are a genuine, beautiful lady. Your Faith and continuing to give God the Glory during your very difficult journey has been such a testimony to me. Please know that I am continuing to pray for a miracle in your life.

November 20, 2017 @ 11:01 PM

67. Angie Lanham wrote:
I first met Mrs. Bish in 2009. She was extremely friendly and egar to get to know me. While I was away at college she always sent me cards. Even from 1,000 miles away she still managed to make me feel special. I loved coming home for the summer. She would embrace me with a big hug and tell me she was praying for me. Mrs. Bish always made me smile. She has such a sweet and loving spirit. It didn't matter if church was packed full of people, she always managed to talk to everyone. She could always relate to others and was a good listener. I remember when I moved out of CT, I was shopping at the mall and I looked up and saw her. I was so surprised! It was like no time had passed. We talked and were catching up about life. Mrs. B, you are an incredible woman of God. You love others like Jesus loves us. You have been a great example to me over the last several years. I miss seeing you! I think of you often! You are loved!!! My family and I are still praying for you! 💙

November 21, 2017 @ 1:08 AM

68. Carolyn Blankenberg wrote:
They say prayers are recorded in heaven----well, you, Trina, and Bro Bish have helped me mount them up, up there!! I should get a crown for Praying for the two of you. MANY, MANY YEARS AGO it started. Bro Bish was teen leader for my children at church. prayed--Bro Bish helped Randy to win bring people to the Lord, prayer and praise. Prayed for Bro Bish to help him with the decision to start a church in Pa--- Dave went with the 2 of you when you went to Pa and I was at the hospital with Marilyn Mc Nett the night she died, prayed though tears. Prayed for you with the new life you had to adjust to in Pa. ---prayed over the decision about ct---prayed for you when you were carrying the load of you husband's illness---praying for your illness-----you and Bro Bish are always on my mind and in my prayers---The 2 of you are very important people and need much prayers, for yourself and against satan---BUT, many times I have said to the Lord, Lord you must have very special plans for them in heaven because of all you are putting them though---I am honored to know you both and going HOME is very special in itself---to really see Jesus---one on one is more than I can understand---that's the ultrament moment of anything in this life---Oh ya, prayed for you in college too---you were there with my girls---praised you both when you opened your house for the guys that dated our girls---well Trina---I have been glad to be someone in the back ground to pray for you---and I am jealous your going to see Jesus before me---I've told the Lord---I'm ready to come home take me a leave Trina here for she is so needed here---what's going on in your life is no mistake---God's the author of it all----YOUR A SPECAI LADY AND WHEN YOU GET HOME YOU WILL SEE AND UNDERSTAND WHY GOD HAS ALLOWED SO MUCH. ALSO, YOU HAVE A VERY FREE HEART TO OUR GOD---LIKE YOU HAVE SAID HERE AM I AM LORD USE ME>>>>>>>>>>>>
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November 21, 2017 @ 1:33 AM

69. Makenna Pag&#225;n wrote:
My dearest Mrs. Bish,
There is so much I want to say and I hope that I am able to get everything down.
You are the most influential woman in my life and I love you so dearly. You've always been there for me and known more about what was going on in my life than anyone else has.
You wouldn't even have to ask how I was doing because you could tell just by looking at my face. Being around you has always heightened my spirit.
You've done so much for me and a simple thank you is never enough. Wether is it taking your necklace off and give it to me all because I said I like it (on more than one occasion!) -I eventually learned to stop telling you I liked your things- Or it was you would drive 40 min one way to pick me up for church. Maybe letting me help you spend a gift card. One of the most wonderful was introducing me to my wonderful husband and making sure that we were able to get to talk. Then when I made the choice to go to Bible college, I had no way to get there. You were determined for me to get there and drove me all the way out to Northern Michigan.
You've always treated me like one of your own and I love you like my own Mother!
You are my role model and my hero!
I hope that one day I can be someone's "Mrs. Bish" to them.
I love you so greatly! 💗
Love,
Makenna

November 21, 2017 @ 10:39 AM

70. Diego Agro wrote:
Well where do I start ,I meet them Bishes around 17 years ago and now matter what they go thru in life there spirit,there faith there genuine concern and compassion and care for others doesn't change
They constantly praise God and are always smiling,
Beacuse it is all in His Hands. ,

November 21, 2017 @ 6:57 PM

71. Brigitte Dighello wrote:
Mrs Bish what do you mean to me you have influenced my life more than you can imagine you showed me how to truly walk with god and how To receive all of gods blessings you truly are a lady always made me feel so comfy at church and being around you lifted me just like the song it was so nice to run into you a while back at stop a shop you showed no amonisity towards me for not attending church anymore made me feel soo good I'll keep you in my prayers my lady you'll always have a special place in my heart love you Brigitte

November 21, 2017 @ 7:09 PM

72. Lin Winter wrote:
Mrs. Bish..I have not met you but I feel that I know you through my sister, Darlene (Charity & Aubrey's grandmother). I admire your spirit, strength, courage and love that you pass on to everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loving family (yes I know about them too!) during this time. God is Good. He has plans for everyone; I'm sure yours are special for the very kind and loving person you are.

November 22, 2017 @ 1:42 AM

73. Vanessa Bish wrote:
You want a memory, there are two things that I will never forget about you. One is that no matter how old I will get, no matter if I develop dementia, I will always remember riding in a car with you driving. Totally an unforgettable experience. LOL.
Second and most important, I will always remember your generosity. You have this gift of Generosity. You are very selfless in dealing with others.
There was this time when you lived in Jeannette, that we were at your house for something and I complimented the salad dressing on the salad. Next thing I knew, you went into your pantry, brought out a bottle of the stuff and gave it to me.
Then let's not forget a year ago, I complimented the bracelet you were wearing and the next thing I knew, I was wearing it. It was as if you were giving me a keepsake, because you said something about when I wear it, I'll always think you.
Once knowing you, who could ever forget you. There will never be another like you. Not to mention that you are the only other person, besides myself, on this planet that can understand certain things that only someone who married into this family could understand.
You always bring a smile to my face whenever I think of you.
You are a joy. You are loved.

November 22, 2017 @ 11:22 AM

74. Tammy Andrade wrote:
Trina, My Pastors Wife, My Friend and My Sister in Christ,

Your smile brightens up a room, your laughter is contagious. Your heart for others is so Christ-like. Caring, loving, sacrificial, giving and so much more.......even in the midst of your own trial. You see a hurting heart and you do and say what you can to help, encourage and comfort. So many people, but you seem to find time for everyone. I have Cherished our talks over the years. Thank you. Anna is following in your footsteps. Praying for your hearts deepest desires.
To know you is to ❤️ you..... Aloha 🌈

November 25, 2017 @ 1:28 AM

75. Tammy Andrade wrote:
Trina, My Pastors Wife, My Friend and My Sister in Christ,

Your smile brightens up a room, your laughter is contagious. Your heart for others is so Christ-like. Caring, loving, sacrificial, giving and so much more.......even in the midst of your own trial. You see a hurting heart and you do and say what you can to help, encourage and comfort. So many people, but you seem to find time for everyone. I have Cherished our talks over the years. Thank you. Anna is following in your footsteps. Praying for your hearts deepest desires.
To know you is to ❤️ you..... Aloha 🌈

November 25, 2017 @ 1:29 AM

76. wrote:
Dearest Trina,

We met years ago when you and Pastor Bish came to Heritage Baptist Church in NY. I loved you from the moment we first met and our hearts were quickly knit together as is true for most people who come in contact with 'you!' People can't help but be drawn to your love, (I don't think I've ever met anyone who genuinely loved people more than you), compassion (Jude 22) and 'yes' you have made a difference), tenderness (even in delivering a rebuke), transparency, (never had to question your loyalty in friendship). Genuinness. No further description needed there.

You taught me much through through the short span of years we spent together before you were called away to be a blessing to so many others....BUT I never forgot 'you!' I still hear your sweet voice, I still remember the lessons you taught by how you lived 'daily,' consistently, always pointing others away from you and to the one true 'Rock' in our lives. I still see your sweet smile, I still feel the warmth of your friendship as the Lord brought you alongside me for a short spell but with impact that would last the rest of my days. Your Godly example and inspiration, your deep, deep love for your Savior and God spilled over into my life and and that voice still speaks volumes and is the bedrock of my life even today more so than ever. To this very day. ❣️

You can't know Trina the preciousness of the gift of your life to others. You are the most selfless person I have ever known! You've taught me how to live, to love, to forgive, to forget, to give without expectation. I had no idea when I first met you how God would use you in my life as friend and mentor. No other woman other than Elisabet Elliot has had the impact on my life that you have had. When I grow up I want to be 'just like you!' Walk on Trina.....you have nothing to fear! Your treasure awaits you......❣️ I love you Dear friend!

"Oh, to be emptier, lowlier. unnoticed and unknown, and to God a vessel holier, filled with Christ and Christ ALONE!"

November 25, 2017 @ 9:38 AM

77. Gail Quance wrote:
Wrote the above comment, November 25th

November 25, 2017 @ 9:43 AM

78. Susan O&#39;Brien wrote:
Mrs. Bish, Reading these past comments, I feel like I should just say "Ditto from me." Since you have been here, you always have had a smile and good words for everyone. This trait is a gift from God, and the compassion and faith never seems to waver. You truly are an amazing testimony of God's evidence in your life,
"In the center of the circle of the Will of God I stand:
There can come no second causes, all must come from His dear hand.
All is well! for 'tis my Father who my life has planned.
I am constantly reminded that God is good no matter what life may bring.. May He bless you with peace as He has done in the past. Thank you for being an example of kindness through Christ. I love you and continue to pray for you daily.

November 26, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

79. Kris Beeler wrote:
Mrs. Bish,
We met one time while you and your husband were visiting our Church in Missouri. I had privilege to have lunch with you and Mrs. Fusco. you were so sweet and kind to me. you were such an encouragement to me in the short time we had to visit. I felt like I have known you for a long time. I am praying for you and think of you often. Thank you for being so kind and a person with a heart of gold. you touched my heart in the short amount of time we had together. God Bless you my friend.

November 28, 2017 @ 1:55 PM

80. Mike &amp; Kathy Raymond wrote:
Trina, you have a warm and welcoming smile. That is the first thing that comes to mind. You are truly a Proverbs 31 woman. Every time that we have seen you, you have been ministering to others. Even in your own health issues, you always cared about the people that God has given you. You are always there with a loving heart, putting them before yourself. The shining testimony that you have had in the past is only outshined by your testimony right now as you face the hardest thing anyone has to face. The Lord Jesus Christ truly does shine through your life. We love you and Pastor Bish and are thankful for what you mean to Mike, Jenni and D'arcy, as well as to us. Thank you for your faithfulness. With love and prayers, Mike & Kathy Raymond

November 30, 2017 @ 6:17 PM

81. Jennifer Correia wrote:
Trina is a friend of preacher's wives! You are real Trina! I love that about you! Our folks loved when you and your husband would come and do our marriage seminars. Both genuine and real! Your love for the Lord your family and church is such a blessing! You are Amazing and I know you would say no I'm nothing He's amazing but I'm so grateful you've allowed the Lord to be magnified in your life! Love you friend!

December 1, 2017 @ 12:52 AM

82. Elaine Schoen wrote:
DEAR Trina,
Thank you for being so genuine, transparent, kind, thoughtful, loving!
I’m so thrilled that the Lord brought our lives to touch here on earth for the past 23 years. And even that was because of you stopping me in a store & having enough conviction & love of God to obey His voice & strike up a conversation with a perfect stranger.
From that day on God blessed me & my daughter, Stephanie & son, Eric unmeasurably!
You & Pastor helped us along spiritually in words and actions.
Sacrificing to make a trip to SC to be with Stephanie for encouragement…opening your home in Jeannette at any time for fun, fellowship, meals, or a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen.
Going soul winning through Scottdale & Jeannette. Singing “Lord, send me anywhere” at the old church together. Birthday shopping with you for your hubby & how excited you got when you found the “perfect” gift he had been wanting at the “perfect” price & said, “Thank You, Lord, for this wonderful kiss from Heaven.” With the brightest smile on your face.
Thank you, Trina, for being all God asked you to be because of your love for Him. It shows through everything you live!:)
I cry when I think of you passing from death to life…but I rejoice when I consider your eternity & the sweet promise that “I’ll see you in the morning” my dear friend. We will know & be known and forever be happy & perfect because of HIM!
I love you, Trina…you are my kiss from Heaven.
I won’t forget Pastor and your family…they will be held up in prayers & of course by His mighty hand.

December 2, 2017 @ 2:15 PM

83. Heather Wilson wrote:
Mrs. Bish,

You will always be my pastor's wife, one that I am proud to name and claim, one that I smile when I say your name. When my husband and I moved away from Connecticut, to take a church in Missouri, I was so sad to leave our beloved church there at Heritage. You encouraged me in my new role and told me two things: to love people and to be humble.

By your example, you taught me these. Loving people? It's what you do. And isn't that the thing we all need, love? Indeed! I remember how you used to say that you could never be that pastor's wife who played the piano or who "had it all goin'"or be like your pastor's wife Mrs. so-and-so, how she was so refined and quiet... Well, Trina, none of us who know you wanted that! We wanted you! We wanted the lady who laughs out loud and sings silly songs, who writes us notes and talks to us, who remembers our birthday or the thing we like, who praises God with her words of testimony and raises her hand to praise God in a song. We wanted the lady whose husband is her best friend, her family her priority, her church her ministry. We wanted the lady who isn't above us but is one that we can relate to. We wanted the lady who reminds us there is a God who loves us and showed that you love Him too. I can hear you say, "Jesus, I love you..." as you start to pray and praise Him as you share the kisses from heaven that He blessed you with that day. You are an example of what a Christian lady should be. That's why we refer to you as "real, genuine." God knew what we needed, and that's why He gave us you. So, thanks for being you and not trying to be someone else. "That Jesus would choose to use me in spite of me, I know who I am!" Yes, He has chosen to use you, and when He has, it is Him whom we see. Thank you for being willing to let Him use you, for letting us see Him. <3

December 2, 2017 @ 10:42 PM

84. Julie Ball wrote:
Trina was the person who opened the Bible with me when I walked the aisle for salvation. Although my salvation wasn't settled that day (I tend to over-think things, lol) I was able to "get it" after reading Left Behind. She has shared my burdens through the years... whether it be weight loss, my children, or spiritual matters. She is the most giving of ladies as she offered me some beautiful clothes when I lost weight and went on a cruise! She seems to know each of our ladies and thinks of each one as she is out bargain hunting. I have been the recipient on more than one occasion of her generosity. Trina encourages us through her physical contact, love notes, and prayers. I will forever remember her motto "KISS" and that her deepest desire was to be in the will of God. We love you, Trina! Praying for a miracle... God is Always Good!

December 3, 2017 @ 9:33 AM

85. Karen Johnson wrote:
Trina,
When I met you, I met a friend who would come to mean so much to me. You were someone I could talk to about anything. I loved spending all of our families’ birthdays together with your family and playing games til well past midnight. When you left to move to Connecticut, I was devastated. It was such a good move for you but I missed you all so much. You have been so true to God and such a strong testimony to our family. Your strength and faith in God during your illness is astounding. I continue to love and pray for you. Love you Trina!

December 3, 2017 @ 1:57 PM

86. Mabe wrote:
Mrs. Bish,
There are no words to explain how full my heart is for you. You have changed my life in so many ways and on so many levels. You were the Christian lady I wanted to be some day! You are the most amazing pastors wife I have ever met! You have taught me so many lessons through the years. I sure don’t understand God’s plan but I sure am thankful He allowed me to get to know you as a teenager and grow to be your friend in adult life. You sure had to put up with a lot from me as a teen but you loved me anyway! You taught me Psalm 139 and I’ll never forget it! You will forever be in my heart... I love you! ❤️

December 3, 2017 @ 4:14 PM

87. Diane Bish wrote:
When my big brother brought you home over 30 years ago, I bet you never imagined that within 2-3years while I was visiting that my father would call and say, "Ah, just keep her!". It happened, and it didn't seem to phase you...just another excuse to go shopping. For the next 30+ years you became a mom to me. During my college years, you were the ear on the phone listening to endless stories and comforting an awkward and very homesick girl. Even as recent as the last year, before your illness, I could call and hear that same comfort, love, guidance, and Godliness from you as you'd help me deal with struggles in my life. Having you as not just an in-law, but as my friend, counseller, shopping buddy, and yes, a mom of sorts, has been the BIGGEST privilege of my life!!! I love you!!!

December 3, 2017 @ 4:34 PM

88. Chuck Smith wrote:
Hi Trina and Tom,
I wanted to tell you how very special you both are to us. I am so thankful that God brought you into our lives and allowed us to quickly become friends.
I will never forget your visit to south Louisiana and we went to New Orleans. As we got ready to go on a carriage ride I was paying the lady driver and Tom pulled off his leg and told her we could use it to ask for donations (or something funny like that). I wish I would have taken a picture of the drivers face. We laughed so much over that.
No matter where you are or what you are going through you always have a smile and positive outlook. You are a strong tower for everyone. Thank you for your testimony, love and friendship. Praying for you and your sweet family.

December 3, 2017 @ 5:22 PM

89. Micheline Clack wrote:
Dear Trina,
Why did I wait till today to write these thoughts? I could have told you "thank you"", years ago...I should have. When I called the church in 1996 and was told, "...you should come back and visit. We have a new Pastor." We did...and that decision changed my life...all of our lives. We found a preacher teaching the whole truth from the Bible, and his wife, so friendly...like I never expected. I got saved in July, 2004. As I became more faithful and grew in The Lord, I watched Trina and saw a woman who truly loved God, her family, and others like I had never seen before. She saw me cry once and was by my side before I could look up. She hugged me and said it was OK. She encouraged me throughout the difficult years of raising teenagers and hugged me when there were just no words to say. Never knew a friend like that. Should God decide to take her home, I will miss her sorely...her smile, her laugh, her spirit, her caring and encouraging words, her godly counsel and her hugs, She will be missed by so many, as she has touched so many lives with her love. I'm saved and going to heaven someday, so I will see her again...WITHOUT cancer. In the meantime, I will pray for the miracle of healing for her and keep our Pastor and his family, whom we all love dearly...each and every one, in our prayers. There's no place like this church home! I love you, Trina and wish I said thank you a long time ago. God used you to change me...your hand print is on my heart forever. I thank God for you.

December 3, 2017 @ 5:24 PM

90. Rob &amp; Sarah Dahlstrom wrote:
Mrs. Bish,

You are one of the biggest reasons that Rob accepted Jesus into his hear just a few short years ago. You, and Pastor, loved on both of us and made us feel so welcome to the church. Every week we knew we would see your smile and watch as you went around the congregation to talk to as many people as possible, usually until well after the singing began! You are truly a Pastor's Wife in every sense of the title. You love your husband, you love your family, you love your congregation, and you love Jesus! (Not in that order!) You show everyone that you care about them and follow up with notes, prayers, and anything else you can do to encourage others.

Leaving Heritage was one of the most difficult parts of leaving CT. The 45 minute drive each week was so worth it! We still miss you and think of y'all on a daily basis!

We are so blessed to know you, to worship with you, and to pray for you! YOU have made this world a better place.

Love,
Rob & Sarah Dahlstrom

December 3, 2017 @ 5:52 PM

91. Cynthia Gabler wrote:
I was one of the very first people they met when they started Heritage Baptist Church in Jeannette PA. They visited my house while I was at work. My mother told them I had been wanting to start going to church and told them to come back when I was home. They did and sweet Trina led me to the Lord ❤, I can never thank her enough for this!. I had no idea what being a member of a church was like but I learned so much through Trina and Pastor. Trina and I went soulwinning so often together, this is how I came to really get to know and love her! I saw the beautiful lady she was inside and out ❤. She was always smiling, always happy, cheerful and full of joy. I also got to know what it wasto be truly loved by someone. I never really had this before! I also learned what being a Christian really meant. Pastor Bish led my mom to the Lord and they both helped me so much with different things i dealt with with my mother and other things as well. They both were and are so giving. Trina would have been like a mom to me, but since I'm a lot older lol she's more like a sister, well she is my sister! I can not say how much I love her and Pastor Bish. I can't express this enough but I just LOVE them both greatly ❤. I'm so glad I was up from Florida to see them at our churches 25th anniversary. Such dear memories. Also during the month of August when her and Pastor Bish were here. I took some pictures with them that I will cherish always ❤. I enjoyed talking with her and catching up with them. My heart truly goes out to Trina and Pastor, I hurt for them both but am praying for them both and even have them on my church in Florida's prayer list. I couldn't have had a better friend in Trina and Pastor Bish, I became a Christian through their ministry and grew in my walk and love to God, them, and others. Trina, I love you dear friend❤ and you ARE IN MY HEART AND PRAYERS!!! YOU ARE A PART OF MY HEART ALWAYS! Pastor Bish, I love you and YOU ARE A PART OF MY HEART ALWAYS TOO ❤. Please KNOW I'm praying for you both and thank God always for you both and your dear family as well❤❤❤ love and prayers, Cynthia Gabler

December 3, 2017 @ 6:01 PM

92. Nancy Shurilla wrote:
I remember crying my eyes out one morning during nap time in the k-3 class at heritage. Reality had hit about our family leaving for college in Chicago where my husband was going to study pastoral theology and then (hopefully) enter the pastorate where God led us. I felt terrified, inadequate, and overwhelmed. Mrs Bish at that moment popped in to chat as she sometimes did and gave me the BEST advice that I ever got about being a pastor's wife; don't ever try to be anyone except me because God actually knows what he's doing and he would lead us to a church that needed ME, not me trying to be a copycat of someone else. Mrs Bish, I am the pastor's wife I am today because of you. Even though it's been 16 years, I STILL run every situation through my 'what would Mrs Bish do?' filter. Thank you for being an inspiration to me personally. Thank you for putting up with me and my family back when we were so very rough around the edges 😁 and thank you for being an INCREDIBLE Godly example of a true Christian. If I could be half the Christian you have been, this 'foreign mission field' of St Louis would already be won to the Lord.

December 3, 2017 @ 6:26 PM

93. wrote:
Katrina is my second cousin. I have loved her since the day she was born into our family. She was the first great grandchild to my grandma and grandpa Fry. She was always a joy in our lives and continues to be. My maiden name was Marsha Fry and is now Marsha Cremeans. I love you, Katrina.

December 3, 2017 @ 8:41 PM

94. Tarie wrote:
I thank God for guiding us to Heritage Baptist Church. I had gotten saved in 1987 but that was it, never grew from that point. When we came to Heritage I honestly wasn't sure what i was supposed to do. So i watched you, Trina. I remember the first Wednesday we went to Bible study, I watched as you came up front, Pastor took your hand and you prayed together. I fought back tears, I just sat there watching such love and caring between a husband and wife. As time went on you took the time to talk to me, to help me through some situations in my life. You always told me how God loved me and you and Pastor love me. Trina you are a one of a kind. I love you more than words can say. Thank you for being you and being the kind of woman that other women can learn from. I thank God for you and Pastor.

December 4, 2017 @ 9:30 AM

95. Laura Faulk wrote:
Hi Trish Bish 🤣🤣🤣!! Seriously I still can’t believe I introduced you as Trish! And even more I can’t believe that I woke up in the middle of the night realizing my huge blunder!! But you were so gracious and sweet about the whole thing!! I loved you from the first time I met you! You made me feel super comfortable at the first Heritage ladies conference that I attended. When you sat by me at lunch and talked to me like we knew each other for years, you made me feel very at ease!! I love how you supported my pastors wives meetings which meant the world to me! I wish I could have had more time to get to know you better but my time away from home has been so limited! So often I’ve wanted to email you but lost your email. Anyway Trina, you are truly a wonderful influence on my life and a super huge encouragement to this lady! I love you and am blessed abundantly for the Lord allowing our paths to cross! You are in my constant thoughts and prayers!!!

PS-Also grateful for the influence you had on Jon Cignatta! He is a huge blessing to us personally and to our church and we know it’s due to the love he received from the Bish family!

December 4, 2017 @ 12:14 PM

96. Kara Montanez wrote:
Dearest Trina,
I’ll never forget when I first met you. While it was only a short time ago, I feel like you have been a friend forever. My first introduction to you was when we toured Heritage Baptist Academy to enroll Caleb in Kindergarten. Little did I know that soon after, I would be helping in the school office where I was granted the privilege to get to know you. I will always cherish the countless times that you would encourage me in my new role as a pastor’s wife. Your Godly counsel and encouragement and prayers have been life changing. You were always there to listen and provide so much wisdom as I shared with you many struggles that I faced. Of course, we often got carried away in conversation and laughter and worried that perhaps Pastor Bish would be interrupted in his office with our antics. Fortunately, his office renovation provided more of a sound proof environment so we could still laugh ….while of course getting work done at the same time. The first ladies conference I ever attended was the one held at Heritage Baptist Church and again, what a huge impact it had on me. There is so much I want to express and thank you for. Yet the words can’t do justice to how much you mean to my family and me. Just yesterday, I was listening to a song that the Clark family sings. Immediately the Lord spoke to my heart about sharing the words with you because it is a true reflection of you. The song is called, “Do They See In Me” by Joy Williams.

Do They See Jesus In Me
By Joy Williams

Is the face that I see in the mirror
The one I want others to see
Do I show in the way that I walk in my life
The love that You've shown me
My heart's desire is to be like You
In all that I do, all I am
Do they see Jesus in me
Do they recognize Your face
Do I communicate Your love and Your grace
Do I reflect who You are
In the way I choose to be
Do they see Jesus in me
It's amazing that You'd ever use me
But use me the way You will
Help me to hold out a heart of compassionate grace
A heart that Your spirit fills
May I show forgiveness and mercy
The same way you've shown it to me
Do they see Jesus in me
Do they recognize Your face
Do I communicate Your love and Your grace
Do I reflect who You are
In the way I choose to be
Do they see Jesus in me
Now I want to show all the world who You are
The reason I live and breathe
So You'll be the One that they see
When they see me
Do they see Jesus in me
Do they recognize Your face
Do I communicate Your love and Your grace
Do I reflect who You are
In the way I choose to be
Do they see Jesus in me



Trina, this song reminds me of you! Yes Trina, people see Jesus in you and you reflect who Jesus is. You communicate Christ’s love and grace in everything you do. You hold out a heart of compassionate grace with a heart His spirit fills. You show forgiveness and mercy to all the lives you touch and Jesus is who others see.

I have heard many preachers speak of the Godly heroes that they may have in their lives. Trina Bish you are my hero and your Godly influence has changed my life and has inspired me to continue to be faithful, no matter what circumstances that I may face.

Thank you Trina and Pastor Bish for your faithful testimony to the Montanez Family! We love you and you will continue to be in our prayers.

December 4, 2017 @ 8:46 PM

97. Misty Robinson wrote:
My sweet sweet Mrs. Bish! You have been and will continue to be such a blessing to me. I loved you from the first time we met. Your spirit of sisterhood and infectious joy will be treasured always. You’ve been a blessing to this wife and mama in so many ways. Thank you for your heart, your joy, your words, and most of all your loyalty to our Lord! Sending love and prayers to you and your family!

Your California Girl!

December 4, 2017 @ 11:02 PM

98. Bethany Crisman wrote:
Trina,
Every pastor's wife needs a pastor's wife. You are mine! From the first days in the ministry in North Carolina all the way to now, you continue to be an encouragement to me. You have shown me time and time again by your actions how to serve the Lord and honor Him in the role of pastor's wife. We at the Crisman house and the Calvary Independent Baptist Church continue to pray for you. Thank you for the example you have been to me!!

December 5, 2017 @ 2:32 PM

99. Kelli Campbell wrote:
Where do I begin to tell you how much you mean to me???? We met because you & I have been through many hard trials! I thank the Lord that Pastor Fisher recommended that our husbands meet. Little did he know that God did that for me to meet you! Pastor Bish extended an invitation for us to come to your church, many years ago, where we were greeted with a bazillion gifts from Heritage Baptist Church!!!! What a blessing it is to be loved on by the Bishs & HBC!!!

I have loved & cherished our many phone calls & texts! My favorite was the 3 hour call! We laughed a lot & cried a lot! I love your laugh & sense of humor!

I have loved our time together! No matter if it was shopping, eating or especially just talking! I’m so grateful you are real!

When Kerby had the “very bad day” the Bishs were the first call I made. I knew you both would understand & give me words of wisdom & the prayers I so desperately needed!

Trina, you have been there for me every time I needed you! Telling me how normal I was when my life was anything but normal! Thank you for listening & always giving me godly advice!

Trina, I love you more than you will ever know! I know you have many best friends but you are my very dearest best friend!

December 5, 2017 @ 3:10 PM

100. wrote:
Thank you Mrs. Bish for loving me! I could not believe how big your heart was for me and we did not even know each other! WOW!!! You have an amazing heart for the ladies of New England. Thank you for being soooooo
EPIC!!! Love you. Love you. Love you. ❤️❤️❤️

December 5, 2017 @ 8:58 PM

101. Jessica Seely wrote:
Trina and her ever-present infectious smile! That is the image that comes to mind every time I hear her name.

I will always remember the huge impact she has had on me and our ministry here in the Maritimes. We have been so privileged to know both Pastor and Trina. Their courage and dedication through great trials is an inspiration to our family. We will always love you!

December 5, 2017 @ 9:29 PM

102. Sarah (Main) Calkins wrote:
Hi Mrs. Bish!
Know that I am praying for you!
I met you at Heritage school in 7th-8th grade circa 2001-2003. You would be serving lunch and on the days I would forget to set out my burrito ahead of time. I would sheepishly hand you my burrito in the lunch line, you would always give me a talking to but out of all the kindness in your heart you would still heat it up for me.
This seems a little silly after reading so many of the comments here but that's how you were kind and a servant through and through.

Much love to you and your family!
Sarah (Main) Calkins (also known as Ben Main's sister)

December 5, 2017 @ 11:53 PM

103. Todd Bell wrote:
Mrs Amy and I love you! We were so blessed by your sweet spirit when Pastor Bish preached for us! We’re trusting the Lord and holding the ropes for you!

December 6, 2017 @ 12:20 AM

104. Allinson Family wrote:
Mrs Bish, every time we have ever come by the church you have always treated us with love and graciousness. Thank you for your service to our God and to your husband all these years.

I felt a special need to pray for you in the middle of the night on Tuesday December 5th around 3 am cst. I do not know what you were going through in that precise moment but I prayed for you and believe in miracles.

Love in Christ
Jonathan, Rebecca, Karla, Alexandra and Carter Allinson
Mexico City, Mexico

December 6, 2017 @ 1:52 PM

105. Darlene LeVasseur wrote:
I have only known you for a couple of years. You are an amazing, kind, strong and courageous woman. You always greeted me with a welcome smile, made me feel comfortable and encouraged me. You always made me feel good about myself. You have touched many lives with your compassion and kindness!! I will never forget you Trina! Love and joy surrounds you!! Trina, you hold a very special place in my heart ❤️!!! God Is Always Good!! Love, Darlene LeVasseur

December 6, 2017 @ 2:37 PM

106. Becky Proto wrote:
Mrs. Bish,
Being one of the many missionaries that your church supports, I have had the opportunity to visit your church on a few occasions. You always make your missionaries feel welcomed and special. When I observed you at church, I realized that you make everyone feel welcomed and special. You are a humble servant of God and I am so thankful for the example you have been to me.
Thank you for always sending us an e-card on our anniversary, introducing us to Zenni optical (now my husband can wear cool/inexpensive glasses), and being a light in a very dark world.

We love you and thank you for your example of faithfulness in ministry and loving the people you minister to.
Becky Proto (for the Proto family)
Uruguay, South America

December 7, 2017 @ 6:14 AM

107. Becky Proto wrote:
Mrs. Bish,
Being one of the many missionaries that your church supports, I have had the opportunity to visit your church on a few occasions. You always make your missionaries feel welcomed and special. When I observed you at church, I realized that you make everyone feel welcomed and special. You are a humble servant of God and I am so thankful for the example you have been to me.
Thank you for always sending us an e-card on our anniversary, introducing us to Zenni optical (now my husband can wear cool/inexpensive glasses), and being a light in a very dark world.

We love you and thank you for your example of faithfulness in ministry and loving the people you minister to.
Becky Proto (for the Proto family)
Uruguay, South America

December 7, 2017 @ 6:15 AM

108. Michele Loden wrote:
Where do I begin? We love you and our hearts are aching that you've had to endure this trial, but we know you will come forth as gold!!! Although Pastor is one of the best preachers we've ever heard, you are and have always been the heart of our church. It is the Pastor's wife that sets the tone. No matter what was going on in your life (and you never complained), you always thought of others first. And would always ask how we were doing, offering prayers and whatever help you could give, even after you became ill yourself! In fact, I've always been amazed at how selfLESS you are, always putting the Lord, your family and this ministry before your own needs. No matter how tired or sick you were at the time, or what you were facing with taking care of Pastor through his many illnesses, you pushed yourself to give 150% to the needs of everyone else. I honestly don't know how you did it all these years! God must have given you a double portion of His grace! We remember how we first met you over 20 years ago when your family visited our home. Pastor was just coming to Heritage to preach, he wasn't even candidating yet (although Pastor Skelly thought God might be moving and said to pray). I confess we were some of those praying we could steal you from your old church in PA.... sorry? ... just kidding... not really sorry. I remember how friendly and approachable you were, asking that everyone call you Trina instead of Mrs. Bish. I just thought you were so bubbly, fun and had a great sense of humor (I love the sound your laughter!!!) and was so thankful to have you. So now I want say thank you for not only all you've done, but all you are. Thank you for trusting God and allowing him to lead your family to Connecticut. Thank you for ministering to my children and helping them to get saved. Thank you for wise, Godly counsel over the years. Thanks to you and Pastor for your patience, understanding, and forgiveness when I've said or done stupid or hurtful things or overreacted to something, and for loving me in spite of all my flaws and shortcomings. Thank you for words of encouragement, restoration, and edification. Thank you for prayers and notes and every measure of kindness you've bestowed upon me and my family. Thank you for your Godly example of strength, courage, grace and faith. Thank you for praying at Shiloh for me to have children (though we'd have preferred you and Pastor coordinate a little better so we could have them one at a time...ha ha). Your testimony has been so real and powerful. You are truly the Proverbs 31 woman and your husband and children arise and call you blessed (I confess I am a little jealous and hope that my children can grow up to be like yours).... even if it means bright colored suits and crazy socks... (we love Tim). We miss you immeasurably when you are not able to be with us in church, but know you are keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. You are a walking miracle and your strength and endurance has already defied the doctors expectations. God has used you and your testimony in so many ways, and He has answered many prayers for you this past year. Although, we don't understand why God has not fully healed you, we will follow your lead and trust Him ... because you trust Him. We continue to pray for MORE miracles from the Lord and complete healing, so that God, not the doctors, can get the glory. But will accept taking one day at a time... continually asking God to give you strength to serve Him each new day. You are family and we all Love You!!!!

December 7, 2017 @ 12:47 PM

109. Kerri Urbanowicz wrote:
Dear Mrs. Bish,

I’ve been trying to figure out for weeks what I wanted to say to you. As I read through all the comments here I felt so unfit to write anything. Most of these people have known you for years and I’ve only know you for a few but I wanted you to know the impact you had in these last few.
When we came to Heritage there was an excitement coupled with the fear of a new church. You welcomed us with open arms, excited we were there. When God opened up the door for me to work at the school, He gave me a chance to REALLY get to know you. I so enjoyed our Wednesday afternoon talks when you were working at the church. I loved listening to your stories and felt comfortable sharing mine. When my testimony came up, there was no judgement, just a smile and the sweet words
“I know.”
I loved to hear the stories of your children growing up and the wisdom in them. It made me feel better about my own family :) and taught me the areas I needed to work on. I couldn’t believe when you said “let them” rollerblade through the empty church building in the summer, that it would make them feel like church was their home. They still talk about that!
Of all the things I love about you, the thing I love most is how transparent and real you are. You never hesitate to stare a story that you know will encourage someone (so many of your stories have encouraged me and my husband). You never hold back a laugh at something that is funny. And you NEVER forget to tell someone about an amazing sale item you found! You don’t try to be someone your not. You show people how much you love Jesus and how much you love them. Thank you for making me feel so loved.
You are an amazing woman and I am so grateful God allowed you in my life.

Kerri Urbanowicz

December 8, 2017 @ 6:49 AM

110. Tara Hall wrote:
Mrs. Bish, thank you for your friendship over the years. Thank you for loving my sister and her family while they were serving with you. Your laugh and sense of humor will always be remembered.

I was very touched whenever my sister or parents would cross paths with you and come home and say you asked about me. That was your way, thinking of others, caring about them. Making everyone you met feel like a valued friend from the very start.

May God's grace surround you and your family. May you know you are loved by so many and you have touched so many lives.

Love,
Tara Hall

December 8, 2017 @ 8:54 AM

111. Joe Simmons wrote:
She is the most gifted encourager I have ever met. You may ask her how she was doing, but in the end you always walk away encouraged or helped. Her greatest spiritual gift is love.

December 9, 2017 @ 8:35 AM

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