By Jeanie Whitehead
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Lindsay Hoyle was critically ill. It
was 1997 and she was beginning a
journey that few people must make in a
lifetime: Her young heart was failing, and
her hope for life would depend on God
and a heart
in Chapel Hill.
received a heart
transplant in 1999.
I first learned of
Lindsay in the
spring of 2000 when her pastor, Stuart
White of Carolina Memorial Baptist
Church in Thomasville, asked that I put
her on my prayer list.
Lindsay, an accomplished “Bible Driller,”
had received her heart transplant Feb.
25, 1999. Now, many months later, she
was struggling with the possibility that
her body was rejecting her heart. She
would be unable to participate in the
State Bible Drill Tournament for which
she had prepared.
When I contacted Lindsay, I expressed
my regrets that she could not participate
in the Bible Drill Tournaments. She said
her joy in Bible Drills was complete: She
had learned God’s word, it was in her
heart, and that was enough.
I was very encouraged and inspired by
such trusting words from one so young.
When I traveled to Thomasville to meet
Lindsay, her parents, Kirby and Penny,
and her younger brother, Cameron, I
found a warm and loving family touched
by God’s greatness and the love and
generosity of so many people. Lindsay
wore an expression of inner peace with
a glow that brightened with her conta-
gious smile. Her gentle nature concealed
a maturity far beyond her years when it
came to understanding the gift of life.
Recalling Lindsay’s 85 days in the hospital
in late 1998 awaiting a donor heart, her
mother said that Thanksgiving and
Christmas came and went as the doc-
tors worked to keep her stable. Finally,
realizing Lindsay was homesick and tired
of her corner room, the doctors allowed
her to return home to wait.