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:
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.
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.