I first heard about Rev. Jay Harvey and his family this summer from Beth. She was introduced to him when she sat in a meeting intended to probe the possibility of his son Jacob attending Tall Oaks. Jacob has cystic fibrosis. They were discussing his special needs and what it would take to meet them. Beth was impressed and even brought to tears as she listened to how they have faithfully shepherded Jacob through the challenges of his disease, not the least of which is the reality of a relatively short life expectancy.
We have also had the Harvey's on our minds and in our prayers because his wife Melody was diagnosed two years ago with a disease called RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy). I was surprised and encouraged when I saw this post this morning. I encourage you to read it and get to know this local pastor and his family. I encourage you to be praying for the Harvey family and for Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Newark as they persevere by God's grace through these significant trials. What a bright and beautiful re:flection of God's glorious grace they are!