Another big thanks to all who have donated. Just wanted to let you know we will be keeping the page live until the end of November. If you have felt led to contribute you'll have until then to do so.
My father is recovering well. His shoulder is bothering him from where he fell when was knocked down and he is getting his eye checked out by an ophthalmologist this week. Once he's square physically we will begin some counseling to address the emotional and psychological toll.
All of your prayers, good vibes and donations have been appreciated and are making a tangible difference.
Yesterday we officially passed the half way point to our goal of $15,000. Thanks again to all who have been so generous. If you still want to donate, just a reminder that donations are tax deductible and can be made anonymously. Your giving is really blessing my dad and is taking many burdens off of his chest as he recovers. Thanks to you all.
My dad just wanted to say thank you all for your donations. It means a lot and it means less stress for him in this time of recovery. We have been made aware that there will be some other financial gifts to my dad through other channels so we are lowering the goal for this fund vs applying those gifts to the previous goal.
There have been many responses from the Friendly Atheist post, my dad just wanted to say thanks and that it means a lot. This isn't about theology, it's about humanity and how we treat each other.
On Sunday October 20th, our Pastor, Norman Hayes,
was brutally beaten after the service at our church leaving his nose was broken in two places, two large cuts on his forehead and very bad bruising over most of his face. A young man, claiming to
be a "militant atheist" on his facebook page, attended the service,
antagonizing members of the congregation, and being argumentative regarding
matters of faith. He waited until everyone had gone and approached Pastor Norm.
The young man came with a young girl from the church and Pastor Norm asked her
if she felt safe, and questioned her about possible abuse. This set the young
man off and he blindsided Norm, knocking him to the ground, where he continued
to beat him until Pastor Norm begged him to stop as he thought he might be
killed. The police have the person responsible in custody and the justice
system is running its course.
Our church and the Hayes family hold on to our faith and
believe that forgiveness is available for any situation, but we still believe
that the young man should be held responsible for his actions and ultimately serve
some time to keep this from happening to anyone else.
Norman has racked up a lot of medical expenses over the last week or so, his wife has lost time at work and there will be counseling and possible . The last thing we want our pastor's family to have to worry about at this time is their ability to take care of their financial responsibilities.
Pastor Norm has had a great impact on people over his years in ministry, and it has been his life's ambition to invest in others. Please join us in donating to alleviate the stress that comes with the burden of medical expenses and allow him to focus on the physical and emotional healing needed to continue pouring himself into the needs of others.
All donations will go directly to: - Pastor Norm's medical expenses after insurance - Counseling for the family - Financial needs because of time away from work - Potential legal fees - Any overage will go to their general financial needs during this traumatic time
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