This past weekend, July 15, 2017, we made Spark the Way history! We partnered with the No More foundation to renovate young adult cancer patient, Jamie's, living space. Jamie was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in January 2017 which has shaken the family to the core. While most families would’ve crumbled at the devastating news, this was the not the first nor the last hurdle that they’ve had to overcome in a short period of time.
Prior to Jamie’s illness, the family suffered a flooding of the home four years ago that destroyed nearly all of their personal belongings. Sadly, a pipe burst which flooded the back bedroom for a second time in February of this year. Wendy’s mother, Grandma Barb, passed away on May 1, 2016 leaving everyone devastated at the loss. Just recently, tragedy struck again on April 21, 2017, when Eric’s father, Grandpa Lovins passed away. Despite all of these hardships, losses and setbacks, the family has remained positive and determined to not allow negativity to crush their spirit.
My mom and I had the honor of meeting Jamie and her mom a few weeks before the renovation to learn more about their family and more about Jamie's dream space. Jamie was in need of a healthy space to recover and heal from her chemotherapy and by the grace of God, we were able to provide just that.
We started at 9am and ended at 8pm. Some of us painted, some of us cleaned, and two of the team members spent the entire day on their hands and knees completely redoing a bathroom that hadn't been used in 4 years due to mold. I've never seen the church come together in a way like I did that day. Everyone came from different home churches, but all recognizing we are One Church. One Mission. One Purpose under the name of Jesus. It was beautiful. It was also funny... it seemed that every time we ran into a little problem or hiccup, someone on the team just happened to be a specialist in that field...
There was mold? We had a mold specialist.
There was a new toilet/vanity to be installed? We had a contractor.
There was a professional paint job to be done to cover the prior? We had a painter.
It was church. It was sweaty, smelly, challenging, head-throbbing, church in its most beautiful form
and I couldn't have been more proud to be apart of Christ's church.
Meet the people that this project could NOT have been done without:
Then check out the videos and photos below, but before you scroll down,
see the impact that this church made on the family:
Text from Mom:
"What you did for our family is priceless. Thank you so much for what you all did I have not seen Jamie this happy in a long time, words can't touch how truly grateful we are"
Texts from Jamie: "Thank you again you have no idea how excited I am. This means so much to me I can finally have friends come over without being embarrassed"
"I'm so thankful for what you guys have done please thank everyone one more time for me"
"last was the first night I didn't wake up from being uncomfortable I love my room so much thanks again I definitely want to help when you guys do something like this again I want to see the look on the kids face when they walk into a beautiful room like I did"
This is just the beginning of Spark the Way, and that is a crazy thought...