Dear Radiant loved ones, may we be people who say, “Whatever you want me to do Lord, I will do it.”


Grace and peace for the day,

John Vredevelt




















Mike and Kelly Baird’s life group took the opportunity recently to reach out to a growing family in our community in a radical way! Read how the life group blessed a family with practical help in an extreme makeover for their home – Radiant style!


Our life group heard about the Jacksons, a couple with four

children and a baby on the way. The Jacksons took in a nephew

who needed care and provided a home for him. This generous

act stretched the family’s resources. We decided to pray

for the Jacksons, and to do something to help them.


“Now you are the body of Christ,

and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Cor. 12:27)


Although we wished we could have given them a brand new home, we ended up

painting three rooms, putting together a crib, moving furniture, and reorganizing



We received a $100 donation from yet another family who heard of the need and

what we were doing. With that donation, we purchased paint, lamps, rods, curtains,

and more. Everyone else from the life group pitched in with a gift card, bunk bed, diapers, and wipes. We came in as the genuine body of Christ and shared our individual talents.


The true blessing was when the kids saw their room; their eyes lit up and the expression on their faces was priceless. Best of all, the Jacksons now have cribs for their nephew and their new arrival. Our intention was to bless the family, but in the end our life group was the one who was immensely blessed.

Extreme Makeover: Radiant Edition