TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for the help, prayers, support and donations for a journey my family and I began three weeks ago.
We set out to try and raise funds for our daughter to receive a certified service dog from an organization called “4 Paws for Ability.” You may have read our story in the newspaper or saw it on TV news.
This journey began with a small amount of doubt about raising the funds, which was $13,000. We understood that times are hard and with our economy in the turmoil that it’s in, we were hesitant to ask.
After much prayer and seeking the Lord, we began our journey with the motto “Little is much when God is in it.”
We didn’t expect a few to donate large amounts, but our goal was to have many give a little. And give you did!
We were able to raise the $13,000 in three weeks! The organization told us they have never had anyone not be able to raise the money and it typically takes four to six months to raise the funds. I thought we would be able to do it with that much time and maybe a little more. We understood that we live in an area that has a lot of poverty, but never in my wildest dreams did I think we could do it in three weeks!
I’m writing this letter to the editor to send out a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who prayed for, thought of, or donated any amount to our daughter, Jordan, to receive her service dog.
The organization will now begin to train the service dog specifically for her and for seizure detection. This will take up to a year for the specialized training. We will update you all when we receive the dog.
We would like to extend a special thank you to Knox County Veterinary Services, who has graciously offered to give Jordan’s dog wellness care once we get it.
Again, thank you and may God bless each of you.
Never underestimate what God can do.
Pastor Shane Martin
P.O. Box 422
Bimble, Ky. 40915