Joy Break: Kidney Donor Explains, ‘I Listened to God’

Nate Jones greets Sarah Schecter just after the surgery. January 2020.

By Nancy Flory Published on February 7, 2020

When we turn on our televisions or smart phones we are bombarded with news that brings us down. Where are all the good stories? They’re still there. Here’s one that we hope will bless you.

The principal of an Arlington, Texas, school said she’d ‘listened to God’ when she donated a kidney to a parent of three of her students.

Sarah Schecter, PhD, is the head of Lower School at The Oakridge School. Schecter found out in 2018 that Nate Jones — father of her students Aaron, Sydney and William — needed a new kidney. “It sounded really bleak,” Schecter told WFAAin Dallas.

She began to feel like God wanted her to donate her kidney to Jones, even though she didn’t really know him well. “I know this sounds weird, because I’m not the type of person who hears the voice of God, but I just felt called to give him my kidney. I did not want to. It was not on my list of things to do. So, I just kept thinking that someone else would give him a kidney and that it would work out. … But it kept being on my heart, that I was the person to do it.”

During the 2018 Christmas break, Schecter talked with her family about what was on her heart. She thought they might try to talk her out of it. But they didn’t. They encouraged her to do it.

The Perfect Match

So, in March of last year, Schecter told Jones’s wife, Amenze, that she would take the test to see if she was a match. It turned out that she was. Schecter wasn’t surprised. “In a way, why wouldn’t I be? Since God put it on my heart, why would it not be the perfect match then?”

A few days before the surgery last month, members of Schecter’s church gathered to pray for her. When she went into surgery, she had Psalm 118:24 on her mind: “This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” The surgery was a success for both Jones and Schecter. 

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Jones said he doesn’t know how to repay Schecter. Schecter told him, “There’s something bold for you to do. God will give it to you. You’ve got a good kidney now. Just go forward and do what you need to do.”

Some people would call Schecter an amazing person for donating her kidney to a man in need. “Truth is, I’m a normal person. I listened to God one time and followed through. … I wish I would have listened to God more. Who knows what exciting adventures I would have taken if I had listened more?”

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Nancy Flory is an associate editor at The Stream. You can follow her @NancyFlory3, and follow The Stream @Streamdotorg.

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