Through another blog, I found out about a family in Michigan, actually Grand Rapids where I lived for one year in high school. Jason and Em and I have been praying for them ever since we learned of their story. Like I said before, there are so many needs, so keep doing what you are doing, but make the time to read the link below. I'll sum up their story, but you can read the rest...and hey, if you're a Michigan reader and don't have a home church, go check it out!
Josh and Shelly Buck are parents of 3 kids, one of which went to heaven when she was only 3 months old. On their blog it refers to it as an "accident" so I don't know why their sweet girl went home to be with Jesus at such a young age. Josh is one of the pastors of a church plant, much like our own here in Denver, that recently started in East Grand Rapids. Shelly is pregnant with their 4th child and is due soon, I believe. She and Josh were on vacation in January in Mexico when Josh had a swimming accident and broke a vertebrae in his neck, causing paralysis from the neck down and a temporary inability to breathe on his own. The link below has many ways in which we can help, but one I'd like to highlight because, well, I'm a sucker and a sap for the sincere facial expressions on the show, is nominating them for an Extreme Home Makeover. The non-profit I started with my friends is a micro-mini version of this, so to know that a tangible difference can be made in their lives, like ramps, wide hallways, showers and countertops, etc., it gets me excited. Anyway, here's the link:
Please pray for Josh and Shelly and their kids. Their trust and hope in the Lord is encouraging to anyone who reads their story...