Hello!We've been meaning to sit down and thank each of you who took part in the fundraiser for everything you did and are doing to help us- but we never seem to find the right words. And how could we? What you've done for us is beyond anything that we can even comprehend, and there are no words to adequately express our gratitude. We were shocked, humbled, overjoyed, and brought to tears when we heard how much you had raised for us - currently the total is at an unbelievable $31,400!! We never imagined that we would be the recipients of so much generosity- it is truly mind boggling.
So many of you spent hours making baskets, putting together auction items, cooking and serving food, counting money, making sure that the technology was working, etc., and we are so thankful for the sacrifices you made to help the fundraiser be a success. Through you, we have seen Jesus at work - you have literally been his hands and feet. Through you we have experienced God's love. And because of you we have a fresh and expanded understanding of God's grace - that he has and does give us more than we could ever deserve, that his love for us is unending, that he is with us every step of the way, and that his grace doesn't demand that we perform in order to receive blessing.
As you can see, the fundraiser was not just a monetary blessing for us (though it definitely was that!) but it was also a spiritual blessing for us. You have encouraged us to press forward, to keep going in the midst of this trial, and to remember that God is for us, with us, and knows all of our needs.
Your generosity has lifted a tremendous burden from our shoulders. It is such a relief to know that our needs are provided for ahead of time!
Below is an article that was published on the Pittsburgh Christian Living Examiner by a woman who attended the fundraiser. We are grateful for her support of us and this chance to publicly thank so many of you. We are truly blessed. These words feel so insufficient- but please know how much you mean to us.
Greg and Elise
Follow up report on the Greg Boros fundraiser sponsored by his brother Nathan Boros' senior project
Nathan Boros is indeed his brother's keeper. For his Seneca Valley High School senior project, Nate chose to help his elder brother, Greg Boros. Greg, who turned twenty-five on April 12th, needs a heart transplant.
Nate organized a spaghetti dinner and silent auction on April 11, 2010 at the Harmony-Zelienople Methodist Church. Over 540 people attended the event. Nate is thrilled to report today that thirty thousand dollars have been raised so far.
Nate wrote, "The community support and love has been made so tangible in how they have given to me and my family. The emotional and spiritual boost that comes from an event like last Sunday may prove to be more valuable than the actual money itself. God has been so so good to my family and I and it has been through the people of this community that are being His hands and feet."
At the dinner, volunteers bustled, serving salad, home made bread and rolls, beverages, spaghetti with meatballs, and dessert to the guests. The church hall overflowed with people and a line stretched up the steps from 4:30 to well after seven as people waited to be seated.
Sadly, Greg and Elise couldn't be physically feel the hugs and love that flowed from the guests. Greg had to have a right heart catheterization on April 8th. The catheterization showed that there isn't excess fluid accumulation around Greg's heart and the function has not decreased since his last catheterization on March 4th. However, Greg's doctors insisted he stay in the Virginia area and not travel to Pennsylvania for the weekend.
He and Elise did join in the fun via web cam. A large screen at the front of the room allowed the guests to see and hear Greg as he shared some of the lessons he's learned along the way, especially by reading about the trials the apostle Paul faced in his ministry. Greg thanked the crowd of well-wishers, telling them they were his anchor.
At least he and Elise could get a glimpse of the people in the jam-packed room from a web cam that scanned the many faces. Hopefully the couple in Virginia could see the expressions of love and care as it generated to them.
The web cam crew also showed Greg and Elise the tables full of gift baskets and prizes for the silent auction and people got a chance to chat personally via computer.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help with Greg's medical bills, please send a check payable to "HZUMC MISSIONS" with Greg Boros in the memo line to: Harmony-Zelienople Methodist Church, 285 Evans Road, Zelienople, Pa 16063. The church will administrator these funds to Greg and Elise.
In closing, Nate writes, "If you have caught a glimpse of Greg and Elise's heart for sharing their faith please consider becoming a part of their ministry support team as they serve at George Mason University through Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU). I encourage you to research CRU and what it is that Greg and Elise do everyday in helping young people come to know Jesus. To become monthly supporters of Greg and Elise, please see their profile through CRU's website. You can learn more about the mission of CRU at www.ccri.org. Greg an be contacted directly with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org."