And the Grand Prize Goes to …
Congratulations to Vanessa Brown from New Spring Church in Florence, SC.
Here is Vanessa’s entry. We can’t wait to see pictures!
Mark and Erika Chapman were one of the couples that prayed for us before we even knew that we were being prayed for by name. God placed our family in their hearts as they prayed for a new church in Florence. A few years later, Michael and I moved to Florence to start a campus of NewSpring Church. It has been our privilege and honor to get to know Mark and Erika over the course of these three years. Their heart for knowing God, serving Him and making Him know in evident in how they lead their lives.
Mark has been laid off twice in three years. Not an easy thing ever, especially not during this economy. Both times, their hope and trust in the Lord – so evident. They persevered, walked the road humbly, graciously and eager to learn what God had for them. During this time, Erika’s parents and teenage brother encountered some difficult circumstances themselves. Her dad unable to work due to disability and a job release for her mom. The Chapmans and their three young boys, welcomed them into their home. They will continue to live there indefinitely. Again – gracious, generous, open to what the Lord has for them.
About a year ago, the Chapmans were led to pursue adoption from Uganda – a baby girl, possibly two. The journey is long, uncertain at times, emotional and definitely difficult. They continue to follow and walk obediently in any and every way the Lord leads. Their finances have been stretched due to Mark’s job situation (he has just gotten a new job this month!) and the adoption costs, so they don’t have much extra to set up for their new additions.
As they get closer to getting their little girl(s), we would love to help them out with a nursery and playroom makeover. They will need to do some re-arranging with their boys, moving their youngest one into the playroom so that they can turn his bedroom into a nursery. I see a very cool space for their little man – building a loft of sorts where he can feel super special. A wall dividing the space so that he can have his own private section from the rest of the playroom. Their playroom would now include a kitchen for a sweet, little girl and some girly toys as well. Lots of bookshelves for the boys that love to read and colorful organizational bins to make it fun, practical and easy!
The nursery would be a whimsical land – capturing the beautiful place where she came from, making her feel loved and right at home. I know this is something the Chapmans have never asked for and would never expect. They are more than satisfied with re-arranging what they already have and making it work. But, what a sweet surprise and blessing this would be to them as they open their arms to a sweet baby girl or two, and expand their already amazing family!
Also congratulations to the top 10 entries who qualify for a special screening of Extreme Makeover Home Edition. We loved all of your entries and wish we had thousands of dollars that we could share to get all of these projects done. Different Drummer will be in touch with screening details.
1. Tomekia Williams
Life Church -Women of Life
2. Tiffany Stewart
Cedar Creek Church
3. Deidra Carr
Oklahoma City, OK
4. Diana Riggs
Washington Township Baptist Church
5. Laura Frost
The Dialogue Church
6. Laura Balch
The Crossing a Christian Church
Las Vegas, NV
7. Christy Dewar
8. Renee Sullivan
Church by the Glades
Coral Springs, FL
9. Heather Paprstein
Southside Christian Church
10. Christy Leake
Make sure to watch a new inspiring season of Extreme Makeover Home Edition starting September 25th.