Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

October 28, 2013

Family that lost home in fire aided

GOSHEN — While it may seem like finding a helping hand is becoming more and more difficult these days, one Goshen church is proving that sometimes it is better to give than to receive.

Just ask Millersburg resident Wendy Nunemaker, who together with her church, Grace Community Church of Goshen, is spearheading a prayer chain campaign to help a neighbor who recently lost everything in a devastating house fire.

“Last Saturday we were coming home from a sporting event and noticed that there were fire trucks everywhere and smoke billowing from my neighbor’s home,” Nunemaker said of how she first learned of her neighbor’s plight. “My neighbor, Michelle McKibben, she’s a single mom, and she lost everything in that fire. She has a four year old son, Mason, and another son, Michael, and a daughter, Kenzie. And everything’s gone. It’s just gone. The house is basically just a shell now.”

Seeing the loss inflicted upon McKibben and her family, Nunemaker said she felt led by her Christian beliefs to try and do what she could to ease that burden. Her mind made up, Nunemaker immediately sent out a message through her church’s prayer chain asking for any assistance the congregation might be willing to give in helping McKibben and her family get back on its feet.

And the response, she said, has been overwhelming.

“I had so many people respond, and I just sent them emails of what she needed, and they immediately started getting the items around,” Nunemaker said. “I mean, there was a resale shop in Warsaw that gave her free furniture just out of the goodness of their heart, people gave towels, clothes, shoes, beds, blankets, a microwave, pots and pans and silverware... It’s just such a huge blessing.”

And what’s more, Nunemaker noted that most of the people lending assistance have never even met McKibben or her family. That, according to Grace Executive Administrator Ted Rondeau, is exactly what makes the church’s prayer chain so effective.

Text Only
Local News
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
No, I am happy with my fitness level
Changing my diet and exercise frequency is a work in progress
     View Results
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands