Photo courtesy of Silke Hubbard
Photo Courtesy of Silke Hubbard
Before Frances Davis passed away on August 8, 2021, she made the decision to have a Last Will and Testament prepared that gave all her possessions to various Adventist ministries. Six months later, when the auction of her assets finally took place, God provided a successful day filled with blessings.
When Silke Hubbard, Kentucky-Tennessee trust services director and Davis’ chosen executor, started planning for the auction day, she was faced with a challenge. The auctioneer originally wanted to have the event take place on a Saturday, saying that it would attract more potential buyers. Hubbard refused.
“I told him that Mrs. Davis and I are Seventh-day Adventists, and we honor God by keeping His Sabbath,” Hubbard said. “We did not want anyone working on a Saturday.
The auction was finally set on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. That day, despite the cold weather that characterized the previous weeks, temperatures reached mid-60 degrees Fahrenheit. More than 100 people showed up, some staying the entire time from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On the morning of the auction, the auctioneer still expressed his doubts as to whether the turn-out was going to be successful because it was taking place on a weekday. Hubbard assured him that this auction was “God’s deal,” and He would see to it that it succeeded.
“Before the auctioneer opened the auction, he explained to everyone present why we weren’t having the auction on a Saturday,” Silke said. “So, he basically was preaching to all who came.”
Five auctioneers came to help on the sale. Together, they oversaw the sale of antique furniture, personal items, cars, and a 133-acre property. Many of these things sold for a higher price than what was expected. At the end of the day, the auctioneers described the event as a “textbook-perfect auction.”
The auction raised more funds than was expected — God took care of the day and its success. Following Davis’ wishes, the money will go to support different Adventist ministries, including the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference, Holbrok Indian School in Arizona, ADRA, and It Is Written.
“I believe that [Davis’] money will come to the right causes just at the right time,” Hubbard said. “I've seen that over and over again in my job. God uses people in many ways during their lifetime and even after they're gone.”
Kentucky-Tennessee | April 2022
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