Support for Leah Slack Stirewalt

$8,740 of $10k goal

Raised by 96 people in 1 month
Cindy Batson Barker
on behalf of Leah Stirewalt
 FRANKLIN, TN
Many of us are trying to wrap our heads around some tragic news.

On Friday (02/10/2017), Joel Stirewalt,  underwent an unplanned, yet successful surgical procedure.  At some point, he suffered some grave complications post surgery.

Although I have never personally met Joel, his wife Leah and I are friends and business partners.  Leah married Joel several years ago.....and I could hear and feel her love for him on our phone calls. They combined families, and since they both had adult children, they honored God's calling to expand their family.

A little over a year ago, Joel and Leah completed a lengthy process and adopted a sibling group from Bulgaria, two boys and a girl, two of which have special needs. #3lessorphans

They also opened their home as foster parents and recently adopted that little boy who will soon celebrate his third birthday.

Early Sunday  morning, only two days post surgery, Joel went to his eternal home and is now in the arms of our Lord and Savior.

Leah is now a widow for the second time in less than six years. She is such a Godly woman, and has been left with a combined family of nine children, four of which are still living at home. 

We are not called to question or understand God's purpose in all of this.....but to love on and support those in need in times like this.  To be the hands and feet of Christ.  Leah and their children will need a great deal of financial, emtional and spiritual support. 

Please help in any way that you feel led to, and cover this family in your prayers. Thank you.

We wait in HOPE for the Lord; HE is our HELP and our SHIELD. In HIM our hearts REJOICE, for we TRUST in HIS HOLY NAME. May your unfailing LOVE rest upon us, O Lord,  as we put our hope in YOU.
Psalm 33: 20-22
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Update 1
Posted by Leah Stirewalt
16 days ago
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Friends, new friends, family, and supporters...I truly am without adequate words right now. How do you begin to thank a group of people (many whom I have never even met) for helping to raise nearly $10K to help support our family following the recent sudden and tragic death of my precious Joel?! I am utterly amazed at how God has been taking care of us and doing so through each of you! Please know none of this goes unnoticed, as He commands His children to care for widows and orphans and you are doing just that...caring for a woman twice-widowed with four former orphans!

There are many unknowns in our future, which often leaves one subject to fear, but God has not given me a spirit of fear, and it's on His promises I still stand!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your obedience to Him and for loving our family in such a tangible way! I thank my God for each of you!
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$8,740 of $10k goal

Raised by 96 people in 1 month
Created February 13, 2017
Cindy Batson Barker  
on behalf of Leah Stirewalt
$500
Anonymous
1 day ago
AG
$100
Ann Gill
4 days ago

Thinking of you daily. Many prayers,strength and peace to you and your precious children

JS
$100
Janice Storey
4 days ago

Praying for help with your children while you are down. Asking for help healing your wound and for peace.

$200
Anonymous
7 days ago
$150
Anonymous
11 days ago
PT
$200
Phyllis Thomason
15 days ago
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EK
$50
Eileen Knowles
15 days ago
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Leah, each time you and your family come to mind, I pray for you. May the Prince of Peace overwhelm you and your kids with His presence...over and over and over again.

PS
$25
Pam Setser
16 days ago
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ML
$100
Mari Larkin
21 days ago
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Sending my love and prayers for you and your family! <3

JG
$75
Julie Gillies
21 days ago
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Leah, you and your precious children are in my prayers.

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