Volunteers serve California family in need

An Impact Team helps a family facing cancer in California.

CALIFORNIA – In December, Joyce was diagnosed with breast cancer–the same disease that took her mother’s life just last year.

Last month, she had surgery and will soon start chemotherapy. Joyce and her husband, Jerry, have been married for 15 years and have two kids: Lauren and Jerry. The situation has been difficult for the family and one of their needs was immediately apparent—their yard was overgrown and neglected. Jerry simply hasn’t had time to keep up with the yard amid everything else going on.

So yesterday an Operation Blessing Impact Team—a group of young adult volunteers from the Atlanta-based Master’s Commission with a mission to serve the homeless, hungry and impoverished in California—teamed up with our partner organization Isaiah’s Rock and began meeting needs right in their backyard.

The flower beds and shrubbery were overgrown, and yard debris littered the lawn. The OB Impact Team, with help from Isaiah’s Rock, cleaned out the yard, giving it a needed face-lift. We cleared debris, pruned the overgrown fruit trees, mowed the lawn, filled holes in the ground, added fresh mulch, and even planted new flowers.

Impact Team completes much needed yard work for a family in need.

Young adults from Atlanta work with Operation Blessing to serve in California.

Planting flowers to help a family facing breast cancer.

Tyree and Jerry talk as the Impact Team works to bless this family.

“As soon as we arrived, we felt the warm hearts of the family,” said Tyree, an Impact Team member. “We not only blessed them, but their hearts truly blessed us.”

Charity, left, cleans and chats with Joyce.

The Impact Team also helped Joyce clean inside their home. “I got the precious honor of serving the family by dusting and organizing inside the house while Mrs. Joyce and I chatted,” said Charity. “We talked about our dreams, memories and funny stories… It became quite clear to me that there was so much more being revived than her yard—a sense of hope had been further revived in all of us today.”

Blessing a family in need.

Delivering food and other supplies to Joyce and Jerry.

After we finished working in their yard, we gave the family some food and groceries from Isaiah’s Rock to help them through this tough time. And, since it was Lauren’s birthday, the Impact Team presented her with a birthday cake and sang happy birthday!

The Impact Team with Joyce, Jerry and their children.

“My wife started crying when she heard the OB Impact Team with coming with Isaiah’s Rock to clean out the yard,” Jerry said. “I really don’t know how to say thank you!”

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4 Responses

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    Really like the concept of your blog and its always great reading about acts of kindness, regardless of the country. Keep up the amazing work.

  2. Debbie Weeks

    So, not only did this bring tears to Joyce but also to her Aunt Debbie. What a blessing you have been to all of us who are unable to be with her physically at this time. If you are ever responding to a need in Las Vegas, I would love to meet you!

  3. Tim Curtis

    You made me cry with thanksgiving when I saw the pictures of how you helped my daughter and her family. Thank you so much. As Joyce’s Dad, living in Washington is just too far away in times like this and even though I was able to be there for her surgery, I wish I could be closer. I thank God that there are people in this world like yourselves who are willing to reach out and help. It’s not what you did that was so important but that you cared. God Bless you with rewards, good health, and happiness.

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