PALS History: Debi Lewis Returned as PALS Director in 2008

Debi Lewis Returned to PALS in 2008

by Deborah Shaw Lewis

In September, 2008, I heard the news that Starr Moran was leaving PALS.

– The first day I prayed, “Lord, help Trinity to find exactly the right person to be the new director. PALS is such a unique ministry. We will need exactly the right person.”

– The second day, I prayed, “Lord, are You thinking I should do this again? Really?  I should be looking for a full-time job.  Not PALS again.”

– The third day, I prayed, “Okay, Lord, if you want me to be PALS Director again, You will need to give me a clear calling to do that.

“And, Lord, put that call in the Upper Room Devotional for today.”

And I turned to my Upper Room Devotional.  The Scripture for the day was John 21.  Where Jesus and the disciples are eating breakfast on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

John 21:

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my lambs.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.


So, from September 2008 until May 2023, my call from God was to “take care of God’s lambs at PALS.”