On just their second night after the storm, at 2am on September 12th, there was an explosion and their home burned down.
Ernest, Edith and their adult son were sleeping and barely made it out in time. Luckily, the plywood had been taken off their windows, or they would have been trapped inside. Ernest was recovering from a recent heart surgery and was sleeping in the living room couch for the last week because it was easier for him to move around. Edith woke him up at 1:30am and told him to come to the bedroom because it was too hot. If he had been in the living room he would have been killed instantly. They are a couple of faith and we firmly believe that it was God's hands protecting them.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but firefighters believe that it was the generator they had been using.
The couple lost everything, including their sweet companion dog, Jazzy, but God was merciful and spared their lives. We are so thankful because of His love!
My name is Lu Lopes and I am a friend of their daughter Melanie Bruorton Leifert and her husband Terry Leifert – they come to our church, Spring Meadows SDA in Sanford, FL. Since they don't have any belongings, a computer or even an address at the moment, we are working with Melanie and Terry on helping their parents with their immediate needs, which are cash to help with medication, medical bills, hearing aids, food, rent, etc. We would love to support her family in this time of need.
Let’s be the “hands and feet of Jesus” on this earth. “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13
If you’d like to help, please contribute with any amount and share this fundraiser. Prayers are also very welcome as they are still in shock and devastated at this moment! Thank you.
Here is a couple of links to the news story:
(This fund raiser was officially created by friends for the Bruorton’s, with their knowledge, and all funds are going directly to Ernest's personal checking account.)
- Cheryl Boddiford
- Kristen Coniff
- Nancia Leath
- Jupiter Spanish SDA Church
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