Prayer warriors from the Adair community are coming together to raise awareness to the needs of a local family with 10 kids, all under the age of 10. The Paz-Holley Project hopes to raise $100,000 to build a home or remodel an existing structure for the Paz-Holley family of Adair County.
Last year, five children were left without a parent when their father, Reuben Paz, was arrested and charged with murdering their mother, Linda (Holley) Paz, at their home located on New Concord Road.
“I was able to meet the family shortly after the tragedy where Linda Paz lost her life,” says J.O.Y. Ministries member Robin Lewis. “Her brother took in those kids even though he already have five of his own.”
A local network soon began to develop to pray for the family and try to find a way to help improve their living conditions. School district employees reached out to J.O.Y Ministries and the group began to work with others in the community to help the family. Pastor Troy Grider of Bethlehem Separate Baptist church had a relationship with the family and he has stepped in to help facilitate donations and to offer his support.
“They have 10 kids now all under the age of 10 with most of them being toddlers,” says Grider. “They are serious financial needs here.”
The goal of the Paz-Holley Project is to raise $100,000 to build a home or remodel and existing home so that the family will have a suitable living environment to raise the kids.
“I’ve never seen this much need and this is not just one ministry or one church, it’s a community wide effort and we want to reach out to everyone who feels compelled to help and to donate,” says Grider. “We’ve been contacted by so many individuals and groups willing to help like Band of Brothers from Columbia Christian Church, several school personnel, the Child Advocacy Center, and we’ve had people contacting us from as far away as Somerset wanting to know how they can help. People are coming together with one mind and one accord.”
Grider asks that churches keep this family and this project in mind as Easter draws near.
“We are asking all churches, with Easter Sunday coming up, it would be a perfect time for churches to consider donating to this effort,” says Grider. “It would be a great time to do that.”
Donations can be mailed to J.O.Y. Ministries at P.O. Box 114 with the memo as “Paz-Holley Project”, or you can contact any member of J.O.Y Ministries like Robin Lewis at 270-250-5299. You may also contact Pastor Grider for any questions on how you can donate at 270-250-3523.
“We are working on getting a paypal account activated and we are going to set up an account at a local bank where individuals can donate as well,” says Lewis. “When we have those accounts set up, we will be sure to let the community know.”
Stay tuned to the Community Voice and adairvoice.com for any and all updates on the Paz-Holley Project.