Chats with Diane

Welcome to this quiet corner in the Panhandle of North Idaho. Months ago, I began a correspondence with a sister in Christ who lives near one of the Great Lakes. As we communicated back and forth, it became evident that the Holy Spirit was helping to guide our exchanges, providing encouragement and direction to each of us as we wait together for the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Over the months, it became apparent to me that such encouragement and counsel could minister to others in the Body of Christ, outside of our immediate acquaintance. From that desire to minister to the Body this website was born. It serves as a kind of shared journal, documenting our joys and concerns as we walk with God. Perhaps it will never be seen by anyone. That’s OK because we have been richly blessed, just in the writing of it.

If these letters do convey something of the word of God though, He has promised that it will not return to Him void, but accomplish the purpose for which He sent it. (Isa 55:11) I pray the power of God will minister to you as you share in these exchanges, and that He will be glorified for His lovingkindness to us.

First Contact


Hi Diane,

My name is Jerry Bartholomew. I got your email from Barry. I wanted to follow-up and see how you are getting on. Barry told me that a number of people had reached out to you, to meet your need, but I want to see if it has been met in ways that will sustain you as time goes on.

If you would like to chat about this further, contact me at (my email address).

In Christ, Jerry

First Response


Hi Jerry,

I’ve been overwhelmed by the gifts I received at a time when I was struggling greatly just to feed myself. I’m quite accustomed​ to eating one meal a day, so things were rough. I wasn’t able to go to a local food pantry, because I had no money to put gas in my car. I have food now, and I have some money.

I received news last week that my 35-year-old daughter has end stage pancreatic cancer. I’ve had to travel to visit her in 2 different hospitals, as she was in critical condition and was transferred about 230 miles away. The money is making it possible for me to make the drive. I can go twice a week, but can’t stay overnight. It’s enough right now. I’m so grateful I can do that.  

I don’t know what the next weeks will be like, but I think I can get through July okay. Doctors are still trying to stabilize my daughter so she can be transferred back to a hospital an hour’s drive from me. That would be a big help.

I’m incredibly grateful for the people who gave so generously to help me. The strain has eased for now, and I can deal with saying goodbye to my daughter. Thank you so much for being part of Barry’s ministry. I praise God for His love and care. He used Barry, and his people to meet my needs and comfort me.


For More Mailbox Chats With Diane, go to July, 2018