WEATHERFORD, Okla. – We’re all familiar with advice columns in the local newspaper. Maybe you’ve written in to ask for guidance.
A small Oklahoma town has its own ‘Dear Abby’ of sorts, only all of her advice comes straight from the Bible. Her name is Dr. Dixie Yoder.
If sin had a smell, Dr. Dixie would live in stench. Greed to gluttony, lying to lust.. she’s heard it all.
“Marriage has taken a beating in our culture,” says Dr. Yoder.
“People emotionally bleed all over her and yet, when you see her, she’s fresh, lively and joyful,” said Teresa Scott. “Her attitude of kindness is amazing.”
What began as a small ministry for Dr. Yoder is now reaching well beyond her hometown of Weatherford, Oklahoma.
“I want people to look at me and see Jesus on my face,” Dr. Dixie said.
Dr. Dixie now has a weekly radio segment broadcast over a small network of radio stations.
Her biblical advice is read by thousands. This guidance counselor with a heart for Christ has a syndicated advice column.
Think, anointed Dear Abby for the biblically minded.
“They know what to expect when they come to me,” says Dr. Dixie. “I’m going to sit there with a Bible in my lap. We will meet God on a different level.”
Her advice is blunt — a spiritual “slap in the face”.
“If I see eyebrows go up to there, good. I’ve done what I intended to do,” she says.
Dr. Dixie’s honesty is not for everyone. She claims “large market liberal newspapers” are relucant to include her column, because Yoder is unwilling to “tone down” the bibical references.
“If I couldn’t mention God I couldn’t be helpful. He’s the answer. He really is,” she says.
But Dr. Dixie believes her spiritual guidance is having an eternal impact.
“It’s what motivates me to go into the office every Monday morning. I know of 51 people over the years that didn’t die, because I was there for them to call,” she says.
Teresa Scott says Yoder saved her life. For years, she battled severe depression.
“It’s not like a psychology book or self-help book. There is power in it. You’ve got the power of God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit. There’s power in that,” says Scott.
Dr. Dixie’s ministry continues to grow daily. She is currently converting Weatherford’s old “German National Bank” into a counseling center and coffee shop.
Whatever it takes, she says — to give hope, to the hopeless.
“Lives will be changed. And I’ll think about the “Holy Grounds” thing,” she says, referring to the coffee. “I kinda like that.”