THE WBFJ CHRISTMAS BLESSING has reached out to families in need in past holiday seasons…
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This young married couple has five children, all under the age of 10. Last year they took a step towards living the “American dream” by purchasing a home. That dream quickly became a nightmare when they discovered that toxic mold was living within the walls of their home; silently and invisibly making them sick. Leann even lost her 6th child to miscarriage, likely because of the mold.
Once the mold was discovered, the family had to evacuate the home and leave just about EVERYTHING behind because their belongings had become contaminated as well. This is a single-income family, mom home schools the kids. So imagine, on one income with 7 mouths to feed, having to abruptly find a new home and everything necessary to furnish and run it.
Praise God, they found a home to rent and move into immediately… the owner was gracious in covering the first month’s payment, understanding the family’s dire situation. Thankfully, the family has also received some help from the community in the form of donations; however, they can only accept things that come from a smoke and pet-free home due to the kids breathing problems.
We are so thankful that their friend and advocate, Christine, nominated Josh and Leann for the Christmas Blessing! Please join us in praying that God will continue to provide for all of their needs and that they will have an overwhelming sense of peace and hope through these difficulties.
Brett and Jenna attend Calvary Baptist Church and are involved with the deaf ministry there. They are both deaf and mute and they have three children, Krystian (10), Brady (7), and Colin (1). Due to an injury, Brett is temporarily unemployed, leading to some financial strain. Despite this trial, he and Jenna have remained positive and prayed that through all things their faith would be strengthened. Brett always seems to share that God is good, despite difficult circumstances.
Aylsia is a family friend and she nominated this family for the Christmas Blessing. She says that this family is always giving and caring for the needs of others, never asking for anything other than prayer for themselves. She and Kent, a translator and friend, joined us when we surprised the family. What a wonderful way to brighten the Christmas of this sweet family! Once again, we were so deeply touched to get to know this family and bear witness to their amazing faith!
Three years ago tragedy struck this sweet family when 8 year-old Brittany and 10 year-old Devin lost their mom to cancer. Their dad, Scott, served 18 years in the Navy and served two tours of duty in Iraq. He has done an amazing job of keeping their family together, although life as a single parent has not always been easy. The kids have had to grow up quickly and adjust to so many big changes in their lives, which they have done with a level of maturity well beyond their years. To make things worse Scott found out at the beginning of this month that the company where he works is closing at the end of December and he will no longer have a job.
The family was nominated by Christa, who leads Children’s Church at Lexington Church of God where the family attends each week. In her nomination, Christa said, “It’s been hard to witness this family going through such heart-breaking, continuous disappointment and I would SO love to see them win this year’s Christmas blessing! When I heard on WBFJ that you guys were doing it this year, the Lord spoke to my heart about this family!”
Please join us in praying that the Christmas Blessing will be the beginning of a new season of abundant blessings for this family.
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The very cool thing about today’s Christmas Blessing family is that they were nominated by their friends and neighbors Greg & Betsy, who two years ago were recipients of a WBFJ Christmas Blessing! It’s a full-circle
Here is some of what Greg had to say about this family, “The reason I am nominating Darren and Sylvie is because they have been struggling for years but have never lost faith. They both serve in our church faithfully and with smiles. I know Darren puts on a good front because I know, from experience, how much it is affecting him and his family. Sylvie puts on a strong front but I know, from seeing the hidden tears, it is really getting to them.” Darren was laid off from his printing job several years ago and has not found a replacement income yet. He was in the process of going to school for Information Technology at ECPI but he has had to give that up because they cannot afford the tuition. Although he and Sylvie are both employed as fully as possible, their income has been so drastically cut that they just cannot keep up. Repeated water damage to their home has only made things worse.
We are thankful to Greg and Betsy for leading us to this family and for their desire to see someone else receive the same kind of blessing that they received. We were deeply touched to witness this beautiful and loving relationship between friends and neighbors!
The WBFJ 2011 Christmas Blessing Express made it’s last stop in Kernersville where Diane and her adult son James share an apartment. Diane was nominated by her friend Jack who had this to say about why this hard working mom and son are in need of a special blessing this year…
“Diane is a single mom who has been a care taker for her son with Down’s Syndrome for 27 years. His name is James and he has endured many physical challenges and surgeries in his life. His health took a turn for the worse when he and his mother were exposed to mold in their previous home. James had to have surgery to remove all his teeth, possibly as a result of the mold exposure. Diane recently lost her job when, due to government cuts, her position was eliminated. Yet, she perseveres and continues to look for ways to make ends meet. This family is from Colorado and does not have any family or friends here.”
Please join us in praying that God will take this Christmas Blessing and multiply it for Diane and James, strengthening their faith and renewing their hope!