“This is one of those things that falls into the category of spontaneous response, so it’s a little less formally planned or organized than some of our projects,” Rondeau said. “We regularly get calls and information about things that happen in the community, and what happens is some of them get latched onto and become a big formal church project, and the vast majority just end up going out on our prayer church line, which includes about 800 people, and then people just kind of spontaneously respond as they feel led. There’s no coordination or organization or deliberateness involved. It’s more just a kind of culture we try to create here at Grace of keeping in front of the church family and the needs of the community.”
Nunemaker was quick to agree.
“As a church, we’re not trying to bring attention to ourselves when it comes to this kind of thing,” Nunemaker said. “It’s really just a matter of being the hands and feet of Jesus and blessing those in need, because we all have those times in life that are not so great. So it’s just a matter of seeing someone who is in need, and deciding to do something about it.”
Through the help of the church and other aid organizations such as the local Red Cross chapter, Nunemaker noted that McKibben has been able to find a new apartment in the Ligonier area and is slowly starting to get her life back together. Even so, Nunemaker said there is still plenty the community could do to help lighten the family’s load.
“She still has quite a list of things that she needs,” Nunemaker said. “So if anyone feels led to help, they can feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can find a way for them to help out.”
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