Rev. David Sims and his wife Velma have been married for four years, and have been a couple for a decade, but they still behave very much like newlyweds. They have five daughters between them, but there are no “step-children” in their family.
“They are all ours,” Rev. Sims said.
“I love my husband and I am so grateful the Lord placed him in my life,” Mrs. Sims said. So it’s no surprise that she would do anything for him – including giving up one of her kidneys to help make him well.
Rev. Sims, who is in his eighth year as pastor at Colbert Grove Baptist Church, suffers from kidney failure and has been on dialysis in one form or another for the past seven years. He also has high blood pressure and diabetes, and these diseases, plus kidney failure, run in his family. He currently has a sister and maternal aunt who are also in kidney failure, and a grandmother died of the disease. These days Sims goes for five-and-a-half hour hemo-dialysis treatments three times a week in Athens. “They’re exhausting,” Sims said of the treatments, but he never goes alone.
“I have not been to one doctor’s appointment by myself,” he said, smiling at his wife. “She’s right there with me, all the way.” His wife has become so involved in his treatments and care that he jokingly says his doctors don’t even talk to him anymore – they do their talking to her.
Recently, doctors have encouraged them to seek a kidney transplant.