Forty-Eight Hour Miracle in Appalachia

By , June 21, 2002
Old roof being removed from house.

Old roof being removed from house.

The forty-eight hour span of time from May 4th through May 5th was a miraculous time for a disabled couple living in the shadow of the Appalachian Dream Center. For some time, this elderly, disabled couple had lived in a house without adequate roofing. Time had eroded the shingles and water had begun the decaying process on the decking and trusses.

Men from Ider, AL replacing new roof.

Men from Ider, AL replacing new roof.

Knowing the need, Michael Hartwell, Director of Operation Compassion’s Appalachian Dream Center, started the process of securing the necessary help for this couple’s home. Two churches, Fairview Church of God and Rainsville Holiness Community Church, committed to the project but had a very limited time frame in which to work.

On May 4, 2002, after driving most of the night, nineteen men and fourteen women arrived at the Dream Center around six o’clock in the morning. They were tired and hungry but ready to work. After a good wake-up breakfast by the Dream Center staff, this team headed for the couple’s house to begin the forty-eight hour miracle.

Roof is just about finished!

Roof is just about finished!

Over the next several hours, this miracle team that included for teenagers, completely removed the old roof and replaced it with a brand new non-leaking roof ready to last for the next twenty years. Then the interior ceiling was repaired from the leaking that had occurred, window ceils were repainted and the porch furniture was given a face-lift with some paint as well. The first day was now over and the team went back to ADC for some much deserved and needed rest and a good dinner.

Workers preparing kitchen floor for replacement.

Workers preparing kitchen floor for replacement.

After a few hours sleep and breakfast, this miracle team was back at the house ready to complete their appointed tasks. The kitchen floor badly needed repair. However, this team of dedicated workers replaced the kitchen floor with new linoleum flooring. After doing some needed general cleaning and laundry for this couple, someone noticed that the wheelchair needed a new tray, which they purchased locally, along with a new faucet for the kitchen sink.

Ceiling needing repair.

Ceiling needing repair.

Now, day two was over and it was time for this team to return home to Ider, AL. Before they left, this team presented the couple with a bouquet of fresh flowers and a lasting memory of their love and miraculous teamwork. This elderly, disabled couple, without any family to help, thought the rest of their lives would be spent in a house needing so much repair was suddenly given a forty-eight hour miracle. In so little time, this house was transformed from a leaking house to a dry home. They were overwhelmed to say the least!

Michael Hartwell said, “This is what we do, making reality out of dreams!” “This is the heart of the Appalachian Dream Center – making life a little better than the day before,” continued Hartwell.

Ladies from the "Miracle Team" inside the house.

Ladies from the "Miracle Team" inside the house.

When the dream center was only a vision in the mind of John Nichols, President of Operation Compassion, this was the kind of project that was envisioned. Lifting people out of their poverty while redeeming them to God. The Appalachian Dream Center staff is fulfilling the vision that was cast more than three years ago.

There was a forty-eight hour miracle in Appalachia! One elderly couple can testify to it because they experienced it! Thanks to the dedicated and hardworking men and women of Ider, AL, dreams can become reality!

Was it mentioned that the work was completed while a steady rain fell – what a miracle!

Tim Burdashaw
Communications Coordinator

Anyone interested in donating finances or products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
David Lorency, President

114 Stuart Road, NE
Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 – Office
423.596.4200 – Fax

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