An iServe Story

Over the next three weeks, our Better Together series will be focusing on service. I want to share some stories about how our Killearn church family takes on the call of Jesus to serve others. Hope you enjoy this iServe story today.

In His Grip,

Mike Toluba
On September 4th,  a group of volunteers from Killearn UMC that included members of our youth group worked with some other volunteers to build a wheelchair ramp for Barney and Pat Chambley.  You may have seen the news clip on WCTV or the photos on the church website or in the e-news. I want to share a little bit of the backstory to demonstrate the importance of what iServe does and to encourage participation so more can share in the joy that serving brings.

The referral for the Chambleys came from the Spiritual Care Coordinator from Covenant Care Hospice. She contacted the church office asking if we could help with a wheelchair ramp for the Chambleys. Working in conjunction with FL Cares, we were able to make this happen. When I was talking with Mr. Chambly during the day while we were building the ramp, he told me about how his wife was suffering from Alzheimers and had been injured in a fall which exacerbated her decline in health. Mrs. Chambly is spending most of her day in bed and some of her day in a wheelchair without a way to leave the house.  Mr. Chambley could not carry her down the steps or maneuver her wheelchair down the steps of their mobile home. He has bad knees and does not ambulate well either. She needed her husband’s help to do most everything and he had to quit his job as a result. Mr. Chambley told me how he turned Covenant Care Hospice for some help even though Mrs. Chambley‘s passing it’s not imminent.

Mr. Chambley went on to tell me that when Hospice got involved, they asked him what was on his “wish list” for his wife. The only thing he could think of was a ramp so that she could get out of the house, go for rides in the car and be outdoors, something that she had always enjoyed but could go longer do without a ramp. As he was telling me this, I could see how he was choking back the tears, tears of sadness for his wife’s condition but just as much, tears of joy for the work being done that he and his wife could enjoy together.

Making Mr. Chambley’s wish for his wife come true would not have happened without the generous donations from those of you who support iServe and without the hard work of those volunteering to help folks such as the Chambleys, showing the love of Christ and being a light in the darkness for those in need. Mr. Chambley could not have been more thankful for what we were able to provide, nor am I.  It’s not every day you get to make someone’s wish come true.
Come out and join us sometime to serve our community and to be the hands and feet of Christ, to shine a light. We provide all the tools, can teach you what you need to do and how to do it safely, and can find something for every skill level to do.

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40.

Keith Tischler

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