We have done tons of Internet research about the City of DeLand, Stetson Baptist Church and anything we could get our hands on about the area. We very quickly found a blog about a little girl named Gentry Rose. It just so happens, Gentry Rose is the daughter of the Student Minister at SBC, Jeff Dowdy.
Gentry Rose is three years old and was recently diagnosed with Autism. Her parents, Jeff and Melody have been educating themselves while caring for their precious little girl. Her treatments are not covered by insurance so they created a blog for her and have been raising money for her therapy. They have had success thus far and are always looking for ways to raise money for therapy to help Gentry Rose reach her full potential.
Because of her blog, we were able to "meet" Jeff and Melody long before we met them in real life. Back in July, Melody did a post on DeLand. I loved it! It made me see how we could fit in there and grow to love that city and its people. So, if you want to know more about DeLand, click HERE to read her post.
And, while you are at it, check out Gentry Rose's blog to see if you can do anything to help them. I'm gonna be hosting an online Tupperware Party for them with all of my profits going to Gentry Rose's treatments. We love their family already and are so excited about serving with them at SBC. Pray for the Dowdy's and their journey. The love the Lord, love their little girl and expect God to do great things through her!