Local church comes together to help member awaiting new heart
by Dawn M. Kurry Richmond County Daily Journal
A church community in Rockingham is coming together to support a family in need, and hoping God can work a miracle for a man who needs a new heart.
Abundant Life Church in East Rockingham is asking the community to come together to help raise money for Steve Snead and his wife to assist with costs they will encounter once Snead receives a new heart.
Snead is at Duke Hospital, in the Intensive Care Unit, fighting an infection in his heart. He is on the waiting list for a transplant, and his church has not stopped praying for his recovery.
Abundant Life Pastor Joe Wilkes said he regularly visits Snead, at least two to three times a week when he can. Wilkes said Snead is upbeat and smiles when he sees Wilkes.
Abundant Life Church, located at 139 School Street in Rockingham, will be selling tickets for $10 for a drawing for two front row seats at a Panthers game (Nov. 3 against the Atlanta Falcons), a $500 Walmart gift card, or four hours of house cleaning. The drawing will take place Sept. 27 at 4 p.m, and you do not have to be present to win. On Sept. 28, the church will have a barbecue or chicken plate sale for $7 a plate that comes with beans, slaw, a roll and cake. Orders of five or more will be delivered. You can eat in or take out.
The church’s youth will be selling donuts for $6, and on Sept. 28, the youth will sell hot dogs for a donation from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., and at 6 p.m. the Singing Revelations will perform for a live recording.
“Every dime that’s collected will go towards Steve,” said Wilkes. “We are still expecting a miracle for him.”
According to Wilkes, Snead has suffered through a heart attack, bypass surgery, has had a defibrillator implanted and now awaits a new heart. Snead is 62, and “has been dealing with heart trouble for quite a few years,” said Wilkes.
Wilkes becomes emotional when talking about the Sneads. He said they have been members of the church for less than half a year, but said they have a powerful testimony, and sing together as husband and wife.
Once Snead receives his heart, anti-rejection medicines can cost the family around $1,200 a month, with insurance not covering the medication. That’s why the church has come together to raise funds to help the family.
“What good is a church if we can’t reach out and love in a time of need?” asked Wilkes. “We want to come together as a body, as a church. We are trying to help somebody that is in need. We want to try to do our little bit.”
Wilkes said during his visits with Snead, he reminds Snead that the church is praying for him and loves him. Wilkes is equally concerned for Christine Snead, who drives up to see her husband every day.
“I told his wife when he has his heart, I’ll stay right there with her until he’s right,” said Wilkes. “Pastoring is reaching out and loving, regardless of where or how far I have to go or how long I have to be there. God uses us as vessels; he works through us.”
If you want to donate, get tickets, buy plates or donuts, you can speak with any member of the Abundant Life Church or you can call the church office at 910-410-0544 or Pastor Joe Wilkes at 843-439-0677.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.
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