Sunday, February 5, 2017

Thank You Church!

On Friday January 27th our home was burglarized. Since that time the church has stepped in tremendously to support us. We are doing much better now than we were a week ago. Thank you brothers and sisters in Christ!

On the 27th, after the police left, my first concern was how we were going to secure our house that night. The front door and frame were both broken. After a few phone calls, a Christian brother showed up and spent a few hours securing the door. He gave up money and time to help us.

The next day another friend called us offering to both buy us a new door and install it. Wow! That was awesome. I hadn't even begun yet really thinking about how we were going to replace the old door. After a lot of work on Saturday and Sunday, the new door was in place. Our friend had freely sacrificed most of his weekend to help us.

On the night of the break-in some neighbors bought us supper. Other folks have helped around the house with clean up, etc.

A few days ago some of my wife's close friends gave us $250. We received a check from some family members for $150. These gifts are wonderful because although the insurance company has been helpful, we still have a typical deductible.

Countless other Christian folks have been praying for us and giving us words of encouragement.

First and foremost, I want to thank our Lord God for providing for and taking care of us. Secondarily, I want to thank His church for supporting us. Although this experience has been somewhat traumatic, it has not been nearly as bad as it could have been.

One additional fact worth noting: most of the Christians who helped us are folks we do not gather with regularly. This, of course, has to do with the fact that we do not meet with many people. However, it also shows that believers don't have to only help those who they meet with on Sundays.

Today we are installing a security system in our house. We've also taken a few other measures to make our home less inviting to would-be burglars.

Thank you for your prayers!


T Aagard said...

The household of faith is far more powerful in it's love and good works when it functions on simple mutual relationships, all making use of their direct connection to the head of the church. (Hebrews 10:19-26 "the new and living way". You didn't need to "call the pastor". All you needed to do was call on the Lord and share with a few, then watch the "love and good works" show up. No physical infrastructure necessary.

Eric said...


Spot on! And thanks for the encouragement. It is a beautiful thing when the church jumps into action to meet needs.