Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Now that the smoke has cleared...

We are so thankful for life today and praising God for His mercies!

Our house caught fire November 18th around 3am and continued to burn for hours.  You can read the newspaper report here. The video news report is here - they interview Dad and Daniel (who went back in to rescue Papa.) I woke up about the same time mom did to heavy smoke in our bedrooms. The second story people escaped down a warm smoke filled stairway, third floor people climbed out onto a roof and were rescued when the fire department arrived. Daniel went in a different way and found Papa on the 1st floor in his room and led him out.

We are staying at an empty apartment owned by a friend a few blocks away. We have plans to move into the ministry house that was purchased this summer as soon as we can. We can not know due to heating problems. We have had a large donation promised to install a heating system for which we praise God for but we need time to work that out.  So many people have brought us clothes. I have no way of knowing if we have all we need yet because we haven't had time to go through everything. We have been using clothes from the donations though each day. THANK YOU ALL.

All of our laptops were destroyed or inoperable. Someone has graciously loaned the one I'm typing from and Vincent has one at his apartment. I'll update when I can. I have no operable camera so I'll have to rely on others for photos as time progresses.

We ask for your prayers as we have a difficult and expensive task of demolishing the house, replacing instruments, rehab of the other house etc. Several funds have been set up. They will be listed below.

Through the local bank - this account has been closed. ($1,000 was stolen though this account.)

Directly - The MacDonald Family Singers, 54 N. Main Street, Orange, MA 01364 (we'll be setting a mail box in the front yard or the po will hold the mail)

 Through a local Business - Witty's Community Fund, 158 South Main Street, Orange, MA 01364

We just really need prayers as we have SO MUCH work to do. 

We are looking for a person to coordinate help that has been offered. Please email us at macdonald7@juno.com with your name and contact, and if you have a specific skill or talent to offer. 



Blogger Priscilla said...

So sorry. I will be praying!

11/20/2012 2:02 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

We are so glad you are all safe! Praise the Lord!

11/21/2012 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Betty Carson said...

We praise the Lord that you are all safe. We are praying for you knowing the Jesus will see you this difficult time.

11/22/2012 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad ya`ll are safe

11/28/2012 7:50 PM  
Blogger minx8576 said...

We are in Florida and friends there of the Bartlets, had a lovely long talk with them today and got updated as to how you are doing.

Our heart is warmed at your internal strength and grace..may God continue to Bless you with His love.

I know you have ours., Carl and Maxine Teachout

2/21/2013 3:03 PM  

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