Mark and Antoinette Christensen and their six children moved back to the Reservation in May 2017. That's when we met at Community Bible Church. Since then they have been reestablishing their life here, Mark as a potter and audio book narrator; Antoinette as a homeschooling mother and pottery sales manager. They began growing a aquaponic garden, increasing their livestock from sheep and horses by adding goats, pigs, fish, a goose, and other animals. They lead a full and entreprenurial life.
They've recently lost several animals due to severe weather, illnesses, but that all pails in comparison to the loss they faced in the early hours of the morning on Jan 5, 2018.
Around 2 am on Jan 5th a nightmare became reality for the Christensen's. Mark had been up late working when he came out of the house to find the front porch on fire. He woke up his oldest son and together, they got everyone out of the house safely. They believe the cause of the fire was from a heat lamp keeping a baby pig warm while it slept in the garden. In the photo below, their daughter Nizhoni is standing where their garden once was.
Living in a somewhat remote area, it took the fire department a long time to arrive, and once they did, they had to send four trucks because the first two ran out of water, and the third got lost.
Their home and all their belongings inside it are gone. The house itself has no hope of being repaired, and is a total loss. The Christensen's dream would be to build a home that suits their family's unique needs. Please help get them back on their feet again and restore the things they lost.
Thankfully Mark's pottery studio is a separate building on their property so his pottery wasn't harmed. But many of the essential technology used for creating stamps and selling his work were lost in their house.
The following is a list of just some of the things they'll need:
A house: They would love to build a home. Before they can hold many of the items listed below, they need a new home to put them in.
Kitchen tools and appliances: silverware, plates, bowls, mugs, glasses, cups, pots and pans, utensils, coffee maker, microwave, refridgerator, stove & oven, dishwasher, instant pot, crock pot, toaster oven, baking pans, cookie sheets, etc), high speed blender (e.g. Vitamix or Blendtec)
Furniture: Queen mattress and box spring, 6 twin mattresses and box spring sets, bed frames, bed side tables, couches, dressers, storage shelving, pantry, island table, kitchen table and chairs, desks, entry way shoe storage, lumber for building custom triple bunk bed
Linens: Sheets for queen and twin beds, blankets, comforters, pillows, pillow cases, towels, wash cloths, hand towels, kitchen towels
Tech: Apple computer, iPad, square credit card reader, cell phones (2), 3D printer, Epson Workforce (WF-2750) Printer, 3 terabyte external hard drive
Clothing & Shoes for everyone.
Work and Hobbies: Therapeutic massage table, essential oils collection, hunting gear
Basics: cleaning supplies, medicines, toiletries,
Appliances: washer and dryer
Please send the funds ASAP. We would like to see them fully funded by Feburary 2018. All of the funds will be given directly to the Christensens from this website to their bank account.
- Bonnie Girton
- Jonathan & Cindi W
- Steve Marti
Organizer and beneficiary
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