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How to Love the Harris Family

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Joshua & Joy Harris are loving parents with two amazing sons, Josiah and Jayden. They have been members of Integrity for many years. Even if you don’t know them, they’ve served you. Their mutual love for Christ overflows in love and service to our church family in many ways. Josh is both a Small Group leader and Volunteer Team leader. Joy is a coordinator and leader in Integrity Kids. The gospel centered relationships they’ve fostered and impact they’ve made is immeasurable.

By now many of you have heard about the tragedy that struck their family while on vacation in D.C. While visiting family, Josiah (their 6 year old son) suffered a severe asthma attack and had to be taken to the hospital. He was diagnosed with the flu and pneumonia but his condition continued to worsen. Josiah is now in the ICU hooked to a heart and lung bypass machine. The hope is that this machine will give his body the rest it needs to heal from the flu and pneumonia so that his lungs can begin functioning properly again. This process will take several weeks.

Joshua and Joy are going through a very difficult time as they have watched their 6 year old son desperately struggle for his life. This is an unimaginable situation for most of us. Josh has told us that he is fighting with the strength that Christ provides. Through unimaginable pain, Josh and Joy are resting in God’s divine sovereignty and are hopeful Josiah will continue to heal.

Many have been asking how they can help. This is an opportunity as a church to reflect the love of Christ by showing love towards the Harris'. The Apostle John says, "Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions (1 Jn. 3:18)."  While there are many ways to show love towards the Harris', here are two we feel are very important:

Pray

They are asking that we join them in praying for healing for their son: that his life would be sustained on these machines until the pneumonia and flu go away, that no infection would enter his body and that he would continue to grow stronger each day. Pray that Joshua and Joy would continue to cling to Christ for comfort and strength in the days to come and that the body of Christ would rally around them to encourage them and love them well.

Give

While you are praying, we encourage you to match your prayers with generosity. As a church we have the collective resources to cover the medical expenses, missed work, and other expenses that they will incur during their extended hospital stay. We don't want them to suffer financially as well. By giving you can help them focus on their son and avoid a financial disaster.

Please consider giving a generous donation to the Harris'. You can do so by giving to the GoFundMe created for them by clicking the button below: 

GIVE TO THE HARRIS'

7 Things To Know About Our Move

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We now have more space. Over the last year we have been maxed out of our capacity to grow because of limited space. Now, we have the opportunity for more people to come on Sunday mornings. There are now more seats available for our worship gatherings as well as more space for Integrity Kids. Encourage and invite everyone you know to come!

We are no longer mobile. Since we started we have been considered a “portable church.” We are now in a permanent space. The days of strenuous setup and teardown are now over!

We actually have a lobby. For the last 4 years we have been using a narrow hallway to communicate everything that we as a church are about. We now have a lobby where you can learn more about small groups, volunteering and stay connected to what is happening in the life of the church.

We finally have a main entrance. Because of our previous locations we have had to use an entrance that was never designed as a main entrance. Now, because we have a main entrance in the front of the building, first time guest won’t be confused as to where to go. Also, we will have handicap access and parking at the back of the building (please follow the signs).

We have a home base. Because we have been mobile for so long, it has been difficult for us to host lunches for newcomers, membership classes, prayer nights, leadership training sessions, etc. Now, because of the stability of a permanent space,  it will be so much easier to plan and communicate life at Integrity Church.

It is going to look incredible. Our team has worked incredibly hard to make this space look and feel like a home for Integrity Church. From the lobby, to the kids rooms, to the sanctuary, we are very pleased with the end result!


It is going to be a tool for the Gospel. Most importantly, the building is not the end all be all. Nothing on this earth is eternal. Every blessing that God has given us is to be used to steward so that we might bring glory to Him. For us, the building is a simple tool to help us mature and multiply believers to leave a Gospel legacy!

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