|Messenger photo by Kim Lunsford|
Cancer fighter, Mary Miller, stands on her porch as volunteers from ACTS in Grove City work on her plumbing to repair leaks. She said the work is priceless and will help save money to pay for medical bills.
Despite waging a battle against cancer and challenges from her past, Mary Miller remains optimistic.
Miller lost her first husband and survived a deadly nightclub fire in the same year. She has spent the greater part of the past two decades fighting cancer.
“God has gotten me through everything, Miller said.I am so blessed with my life. A lot of people have it so rough and I am just so blessed.
As one of the recipients of Active Christians Transforming Society (ACTS) in Grove City, Miller and her family got much needed repairs on May 19 to their faucets in both bathrooms to stop leaks that have caused the water bills to increase.
ACTS in Grove City is an annual collaboration among 18 churches in Grove City and the surrounding areas to help show the community ano strings attached love of Christ Stan Kirtlan, ACTS director and Buckeye Christian Church senior minister said.
Volunteers, dressed in bright orange shirts, gathered at the parking lot in front of Grove City High School to get instructions for the day before being dispersed to one of over 140 projects.
“One of the things you find when you go out to serve people is that you get a bigger blessing from doing service than those who are being served, Kirtlan said.
“We are here to help transform lives one at a time, Tom Alexander, senior pastor at Amazing Grace Christian Church said.That means that we are here for our community. We cant just stay inside the four walls of our church.
Neil Davis, a volunteer who attends the Grove City Church of the Nazarene, has participated in the service day for five years.
“Theres a need, Davis said.I just want to help out.
Davis and other volunteers speak highly of the service day and the ability they have to give back to the community.
“We feel its our time to give back some, said volunteer John Brown who attends Buckeye Christian Church.Its the hardest job youll ever love.
Projects included interior and exterior painting, plumbing repairs and yard work as well as other odds and ends. Recipients of the service ranged from those needing help due to advanced age, those who are sick and others who are not able to financially make the repairs.
“I could never repay the people who have helped me, Miller said.This ACTS in Grove City has done so much. These leaks have been going on for quite a long time. The water bills just keep on coming, so this will help. Were getting things fixed one at a time.
The Miller family has had previous work completed by ACTS including interior and exterior painting in previous years. Miller said her family and support from the church have made the difference in her survival and recovery over the years.
“Everybody who has helped is so wonderful, Miller said.I am just a lucky, lucky person.