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Widow carrying on legacy of late Birton H. Lettsome

- Valerie Lettsome has established the Birton H. Lettsome House of Blessings in Long Look in memory of her late husband
Valerie Lettsome (right) has established the Birton Lettsome House of Blessings in Long Look in memory of her late husband Birton H. Lettsome (left). Photo: Provided/Internet Source
Valerie Lettsome was the final guest on the series: Virgin Islands 10 Most Influential and Inspiring Women with Karia J. Christopher (in photo) on CBN Channel 51 on Tuesday March 7, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Valerie Lettsome was the final guest on the series: Virgin Islands 10 Most Influential and Inspiring Women with Karia J. Christopher (in photo) on CBN Channel 51 on Tuesday March 7, 2017. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In honour of her late husband, retired Educator and Guidance Counselor Valerie Lettsome has established the Birton Lettsome House of Blessings in Long Look, a place with the objective of uplifting, educating and inspiring both children and adults.

Lettsome was the final guest on the series: Virgin Islands 10 Most Influential and Inspiring Women with Karia J. Christopher on Channel 51 on CBN. The show was first aired on Tuesday March 7, 2017 and will be rebroadcast on Thursday March 9, 2017 at 8:00 PM.

Foundation in honour of her husband

According to Mrs Lettsome, she kept a journal where she would often write down her thoughts particularly following the passing of Mr Birton H. Lettsome, a community minded man who loved helping people and pointing them to Christ, in February 1, 2005, and it was something she wrote that inspired her on how she could keep his memory alive.

“When I was going through the journal, it was a long time I didn’t pick it up, I wrote something …my husband was such a wonderful person, inspired me as to how I can keep his memory,” she said.

Lettsome explained that she retired as a school principal in 2010, and in 2011, she became inspired to use the second floor of her apartment for the cause.

In her own words, she described it as a faith-based organisation with a playroom equipped with puppets, books, blocks, to name a few, and she has plans of turning a library into a museum with the many old photographs of her late husband throughout his life’s journey. The building is also equipped with a room for anyone who requires some alone time to pray, a kitchen, and for persons who need a safe place for their elderly relative, while they run errands, can do so as well.

"It is now full-fledged, the Birton Lettsome House of Blessings,” she remarked. “It is not being used to its fullest right now, but what the lord is leading me into, is he said you start small and is building up. Those are what we are providing, but God is inspiring me more because this is going to become something wonderful.”

Widow Club in the making

Lettsome disclosed that a club geared specifically for widows is part of her soon to be undertaking.

“I think we need that, where we can meet among ourselves because we have all been through the same thing. You can share something with me or I can share something with you.”

“When I started first I felt led to work on the widows, widows were a soft spot for me and one time around Christmas time we had a Widows Day where we invited all the widows and we cooked food, and we had given them gifts, we had asked for sponsors and they had given them gifts and it was wonderful,” she reminisced.

Lettsome informed that every Thursday, she along with other like-minded individuals, congregate at the House of Blessings and they would make calls to older persons and pray and sing with them, occasionally they would go to them and carry gift baskets to them. In addition, the group has been raising funds, to rise to the need of assisting the elderly.

Lettsome mentioned one of their activities for fundraising was a comical show and a play and due to the great turnout, they are intending for it to be an annual event; however, the search for a new, bigger venue is on.

His right hand didn’t know what his left was doing

The widow said even after his passing, people would meet her and tell her that they knew her husband and he had done good by them and in many ways she is reaping the harvest that he has sowed.

“I know my husband was a wonderful person but some of the lives he used to touch I didn’t know because he never used to make his right hand know what his left-hand does, so he wouldn’t involve me in certain things. He knows that the lord told him to do that and that’s what he was going to do.”

17 Responses to “Widow carrying on legacy of late Birton H. Lettsome”

  • birton lettsome (08/03/2017, 10:13) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    "hope for the best, get ready for the worst and accept what god send"
  • long look me come from (08/03/2017, 10:22) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice
  • the bay (08/03/2017, 10:38) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    She's a STOUTT... we woman strong.. Well done Teacher Valarie
  • Finally!!!! (08/03/2017, 10:43) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply

    May his soul continue to rest in peace!

  • Nice (08/03/2017, 10:59) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    What a wonderful woman. Karia, you out did yourself with this one. The perfect way to end the series with a nice humble woman who loves the Lord. Well Done!
  • the moorings staff (08/03/2017, 11:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP brother Letty! We miss you!
  • Nice (08/03/2017, 11:05) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I listened to this one,and I think it was one of the best one. I was deep into it. A woman of God,and that is the way it should be all times.
  • one eye (08/03/2017, 11:08) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great piece as always vino
  • tums (08/03/2017, 11:33) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    It was a great end to the series...well done
  • Yep (08/03/2017, 11:48) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    The BEST show of the entire series, hands down. Karia know what she is doing, hype everyone up with the big controversial shows at the beginning and appeal to our compassionate side with the likes of Mrs. Lettsome at the end. Say what you want but that that girl doing the damn thang!
  • Fam (08/03/2017, 12:52) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    well, we are feeling the pride!
  • Wonderful News (08/03/2017, 15:38) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Awesome show, awesome ladies !!!
  • E. Leonard (08/03/2017, 20:01) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    A faithful and inspirational warrior and true believer, embracing with joy life's trials, tribulations and storms. Continue to persevere and keep the faith.
    • Classmate (09/03/2017, 10:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ed, feeling the bern. Our Wlliard Wheatley Primary (Major Bay Primary) classmate Valerie is a faithful servant and servant leader , carrying on the legacy of Birton Lettsome another classmate. Sis Valerie keep the faith and by God's grace may the House of Blessing fulfill its purpose.
  • Joc (09/03/2017, 11:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Love you Val (jugs and Kisses)


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