A school principal in Arlington, Texas says she obeyed God after she donated a kidney to student’s father-of-three.
Sarah Schecter, head of lower school at The Oakridge School, teaches her students about kindness and character, and so she decided to put that into practice when she found out that Nate Jones needed a new kidney in 2018. Jones’ wife Amenze told Schecter he began experiencing vision problems which led to more significant problems and he was finally diagnosed with renal failure.
“It sounded really bleak,” Schecter said. “I didn’t really know him; I didn’t see him as much as I did her, but I thought it was weird that kidney failure would come up on somebody so fast.” The 46-year-old dad would need to be on dialysis or have a kidney transplant.
Schecter said she felt God telling her to help him, even though she tried talking herself out of it. “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,” Schecter said. “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 I was the person to do it,” she said.
Schecter, 57, said she spoke to her family about it and “secretly hoping” that they would talk her out of it, but they actually encouraged her and her kidney turned out to be a perfect match. “In a way, why wouldn’t I be – since God put it on my heart, why would it not be the perfect match then?” Schecter said. “But there was a part of me that was hoping it wouldn’t be a match, so I could get credit for doing something good, but not actually have to go through with it.”
In November 2019, Schecter found out she was a match, and the transplant was scheduled for January 13. Schecter was feeling anxious about it until church members started covering in prayer and easing her anxiety and filling her heart with Psalm 118:24: This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
The procedure which went on for 3 hours was a success for the donor and recipient. Jones and Schecter reunited after the surgery, sharing an emotional hug and words of encouragement. “Bless you. Bless you. Bless you,” Jones said. “I never thought this day would come.”
“There’s something bold for you to do. God will give it to you,” she told him. “You’ve got a good kidney now. Just go forward and do what you need to do.”
Schecter admits that she was fearful and questioned what God was calling her to do.
“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,” she added. “Who knows what exciting adventures I would have taken if I had listened more.”