Chapman and his wife, Shavon, had lost everything. Their home had gone up in flames, the fire consuming everything inside. The couple barely managed to escape. Chapman’s 80-year-old mother wasn’t so fortunate. The fire spread too fast for her to reach safety, and she passed away.
A Second Tragedy
By the time the flames abated, all that was left of Chapman and Shavon’s home was the charred frame. But this wasn’t their original home: It had been a replacement.
Several years prior, a devastating earthquake had obliterated the couple’s initial home. Back then, the local authorities, in tandem with other organizations, had provided both funds and supplies to rebuild it.
But now that home was gone, much like their first home. Perhaps despair swallowed Chapman and Shavon as they looked at the remnants of their second home. The couple had lost everything in the fire, even the money loaned to Chapman to farm pigs, never to be recovered. But the loss of his possessions and money couldn’t compare with the loss of Chapman’s mother.
However, Chapman and Shavon were not alone. They were members of a church led by Gospel for Asia (GFA) pastor Birke, and when the pastor heard of the fire, he and other believers quickly gathered supplies and donations.
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