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Potomac Church Provides Practical Help to Family in Need

Story by Potomac Conference Staff; Photos by Valarie Lee and Olive Hall
Published 5/29/13

Two Courthouse Road members take on a stubborn shrub in the Clark family’s yard.

Members of Potomac Conference’s Courthouse Road church in Richmond, Va., recently saw one of their New Year’s resolutions come to fruition. At a meeting in January, the church’s board members looked for new ways to help their community. Rick Johns, pastor for the Courthouse Road church, got in touch with the Chesterfield County Social Services Department and shared the church’s desire to help the elderly and disabled with yard work and home repairs. Kathy Prerun, the county’s volunteer coordinator, said she thought that was a great idea and that of all their partnerships with different churches in the county, Courthouse was the first to offer to help in this unique way.
On May 19, the church launched their first Home Help Project, and some 25 volunteers, from kids to grandparents, turned out to help the Clark family. The family was not able to do yard work as Bonnie Clark has spent the last 18 months in and out of the hospital with some severe health challenges and her husband, Ralph, is confined to using a scooter to get around. They were also in need of a clothes dryer as theirs had broken down.
Under the direction of Ryan Brossfield, project coordinator and professional landscaper, the outside of the house was completely transformed in just two hours. But that is not all, while the outside of house was being renovated, a few members worked inside to clean the laundry area and install a brand new dryer, which a generous Courthouse church member, donated.
Bonnie was in the hospital when all this happened but Ralph, shared, “At times it seems like it all piles up, adds up, but we know Who can lift our burdens. I appreciate that He sent emissaries to do His work and help us! Thank you so very much!” When he witnessed the final result, his eyes filled with tears.
Pastor Johns encouraged members the following Sabbath saying, “We may come every Sabbath to hear a sermon, but the real sermon is what we did last Sunday at the Clark home—that is spreading the gospel.”
Click here to view a video from that Sunday.

Due to health challenges, the Clark family was unable to tackle yard work.


Courthouse Road members cut a tree down to size.


Pastor Rick Johns (right) told his congregants the following Sabbath that helping the Clark family was the real sermon.

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