It's high school graduation for Laura England of Springfield, Missouri. It hasn't been easy for her. During her senior year, Laura's kidney's failed. She's on dialysis.
"Half my day seems like, is dedicated to sitting in a chair hooked up to a machine," says Laura. She needs a transplant. "We didn't really ask anyone or come to anyone like, hey, can you give me a kidney," says Laura.
The Rev. Michael Davis is Laura's pastor and now a treasured friend. In the most unusual request ever made from his pulpit, Pastor Davis, of St. Luke United Methodist church, asked his small congregation to consider donating a kidney to Laura.
"Miracle of miracles," remembers Rev. Davis, "the first three who volunteered matched." "When all three matched...absolutely amazing," says Laura, "I mean...just overwhelmed."
Of the three, pastor Davis was chosen to be Laura's donor.
"When called to step up to the plate," says the pastor, "what do you do? And I was called." His decision was not easy. "Fear, trepidation," says Davis, "what is God calling me to do at this time?"
For Laura England, life begins a new with her diploma and a kidney from her pastor and an answer to prayer. "I'm scared," says Laura, "but I think I'm more excited just to get this done and get on with life."