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Day 14 : Kim Fuerst

In the 15 years we have been members, our VRBC family has helped us maneuver the road of life . . . in tangible and intangible ways.  While it was not the road we envisioned or would have chosen, there has been much beauty on this road along with the bumps. My husband David was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2000. For 10 years, he did very well and most people didn’t even know he had this disease.  In 2010, Dave had a relapse of his MS and the disease began to change course, progressing from Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis to Secondary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Since that time, he has lost many of his physical abilities and his ability to work. Last year, as Dave became restricted to a wheelchair for outings, we were at a point where we needed a Handicapped Van.  Even after a generous gift from family members, it was still out of reach. After talking to friends at VRBC, they spearheaded an effort to raise additional funds for the van.  This van has literally made Dave’s world so much bigger at a point when his world was becoming smaller due to his illness.

Although the van is definitely the “biggest” and most tangible gift from our time at VRBC, the “little things” have been just as meaningful.  Over the years, our Sims/Struffolino Grow Group members, VRBC preschool family, and other church members have walked with us down this hard road.  They have prayed with us, cried with us, celebrated with us, counseled us, brought us meals, helped us move (more than once ☺), raised money through a community garage sale, and encouraged us through Jobs for Life . . . just to name a few.    We are so thankful for this “diverse and disconnected” group of people.  No matter what lies ahead, we know we will never be alone as we all seek to follow Jesus TOGETHER.