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Christmas in August

Sparta church shares HOPE with family of 8-year-old fighting leukemia

August 22, 2017

By: Amelia Wigton - CCheadliner.com

 

Excerpt:  It was a hot August afternoon, but that didn’t stop Santa Claus from visiting 8-year-old Shelbee Maudlin, his two brothers and his older sister.

“I was on my sleigh and it gave out on me just over Ozark. So, these guys gave me a ride,” Santa said, pointing toward the Christian County Sheriff deputies. “Reindeer don’t like this hot weather.”

Just minutes earlier, as the caravan pulled into the Maudlin driveway in the country in Stone County, sheriff deputies turned on lights and sirens and the younger children came running.

Shelbee, however, didn’t move as quickly and was a bit shy.

“He had treatment yesterday,” his dad, Matt Maudlin said. “We go back to Memphis on the 16th for a spinal tap.”

Shelbee was diagnosed with leukemia last year.

“We just started phase 2 of treatment. He has 120 weeks left. We will go back to Memphis seven or eight times,” Matt said. “You never thought you’d have to fight for your kid every day.”

Christmas in August

Members of HOPE Church of Sparta, where the Maudlin family attended before moving to Reeds Spring, organized the summer Christmas celebration. The church collected toys for the children as well as food for the family.

Diana Arthur, associate pastor of HOPE Church of Sparta, said it was a labor of love.

“All of them would sit on the front row and raise their hands and praise God,” she said about the Maudlins when they attended HOPE church. “They are just an amazing family.”

Santa volunteered to leave the North Pole to deliver the gifts, with the help of deputies of the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. The church also collected a love offering.

“We still consider you a part of the HOPE family,” Pastor Michael Hamilton said before presenting the family with an $870 check, as well as a cash from donation collected at the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.

“Before we go, we’d like to have prayer for your family,” Hamilton said. “It’s been our privilege to spend Christmas with you all. We’re a little early.”

Making a circle, many holding hands, everyone gathered around and bowed their heads.

“We love him, but we know you love him so much more,” Hamilton prayed. “Bring healing and health and a long life for him.”

 

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