August 2012 Workday at the Parrett Residence

The Parretts continue to adjust to life after Dr. Gary Parrett’s accident in South Korea in 2010. Faculty, staff and friends gathered recently at the home of Gary and Holly for a workday. Read an update from Dr. Parrett and see pictures of landscape work for a beloved member of the Gordon-Conwell community.

From Gary and Holly Parrett:

Partway through God's miraculous healing process in Gary's life after his accident, Gary suffered some severe setbacks in his mental and emotional state last fall and winter. During this time, we went to spend some time in Kona, Hawaii, to rest and receive ministry. Over the course of this extended time in Kona, we experienced God's healing and renewing power and Gary made much progress. We came back to Massachusetts a few months ago. Since then, we have been connecting back with our spiritual communities here in the area. We have had occasion to attend seminars on campus and have begun conversations of how we can be further involved in the community. The seminary also has been ministering to us, meeting many of our practical needs.

A few weeks ago, a team of 50 friends (seminary faculty members, spouses and some of their children) painted the outside of our house in one long day of work! Also, many folks worked on the property: trimming branches or cutting down trees and removing some large plants, mulching the gardens, etc. Now it almost looks like a new house. At least, it looks more marketable. Although we are still unsure of whether or not we want to sell our house, it is good to know that it looks nice from the outside.

We felt so blessed by the faculty friends that day. We all shared a meal that afternoon, and were able to watch most of the work going on. We believe that what our friends accomplished was more than a freshly painted house and a cleared yard. God brought so much healing, joy, and unity by teaching us to be a true family of God--blessing each other and being a community together.

Many current students have been ministering to us as well. They come to mow the lawn, clean the roof, work in the yard, and even plant flowers. Our church friends have also reached out to us with so much help--from getting meals to providing legal help. Friends all over the world have been praying for us, so this family that God is building up continues to grow. Recently, Gary has had occasion to meet and connect with some GCTS alumni and looks forward to seeing many more of his former students.

There is still much that is uncertain about our future. Please pray that we will have wisdom and discernment and that we will, most of all, be faithful to our calling to belong to Christ. Please also continue to pray for more of God's healing power in Gary's life and more of His strength for Holly. Thank you for all of your prayers and for being a part of our seminary community. Shalom!

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