(NOTE: As of Wednesday, April 17, Frank Kirby has received a liver and is in the midst of a miraculous recovery! We're keeping the fundraiser up and running because of the considerable cost of the care as well as loss of income. All donations, as always, will go to help the Kirby family with their bills!)
Frank Kirby is a kind, loving, and generous family man with an amazing wife, Diane, and three fantastic kids, Justine (25), Jordan (22) and Jeremy (16). He loves Jesus and serves as an offering helper at Lebanon Area Evangelical Free Church in Jonestown, Pennsylvania. Frank loves family, football, and most of all, Jesus Christ.
Frank has an inherited liver condition which has recently been taking a huge toll on him and his family. As he gets sicker and weaker, the medical bills continue to pile up. Consequently, the Kirby family has had to make some adjustments: since Frank can only work one day a week (to keep his health insurance), Diane works full-time at a nursing home even as she attends nursing school, and Justine (whose husband was recently deployed to serve America in Afghanistan) moved back in with her parents to take care of the day-to-day cooking, cleaning, and other tasks around the house.
Needless to say, the situation has become unaffordable at best, debilitating at worst. Frank has been constantly meeting with medical specialists to determine the appropriate course of action, which is likely going to be a liver transplant in the near future.
But Frank has two things on his side: A loving God who has hope and a future planned for him (Jeremiah 29:11), and some friends and family who want to help out!
In the Bible, Jesus tells us exactly how to respond as Christians in situations like this:
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'" (Matthew 25:34-40)
Throughout the Bible, we are shown what true Christianity looks like: it's not singing the loudest at church; it's not wearing a cross necklace; it's not putting a fish on the back of your car. True Christianity imitates Jesus Christ, who "came not to be served but to serve" (Mark 10:45). Please help us show Christ's love to a family in need, to a man of God who would quickly do the same for you if the tables were turned.
Friends and Family for Frank: We're going to get Frank Kirby back to health, in the name of Jesus Christ!