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October 29, 2013

Home sweet home

By BRIAN SMITH

“Welcome home.” 

Those two simple words touched Jenny and Austin Grigsby Sunday afternoon, where, thanks to the giving people of New River Fellowship, the couple saw their new home on the same site as their former residence. 

About 40 church members, staff and volunteers stood in the driveway of the new residence while Jenny was driven up blindfolded. After being congratulated by well-wishers, she walked into her new home and was greeted with a number of surprises, including a fully stocked pantry, cleaning supplies, full cabinets and more, all coming via donations. Out on the patio were a new grill and patio furniture and a complete sodded yard to make the home brand new and ready to live in.

The pair were living in a home on Ball Street in Weatherford just one year ago that was dilapidated to the point of having holes in the walls.

Work on the new home began in March, according to Michael John “MJ” Clement, worship pastor at New River Fellowship. Clement was the one who got the ball rolling on the project, after overhearing a conversation between the mother and son last November.

“Jenny said that they needed to get home after practice so they could turn the heat on so the room wouldn’t be cold,” Clement, who was Austin’s youth football coach, said. “Hearing that, I got with another pastor at the church to see if we could do some remodeling of the home.”

Pastors and workers found the home they were living in was beyond repair and any of the repairs would have simply been a “bandaid” to the real, deeper problem., Clement said. Seeing the family’s predicament, Clement and other church officials began calling in anyone and everyone to begin the process of getting the home rebuilt from the ground up, according to Senior Pastor Scott Crenshaw.

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