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Lee & Ruthie Wiggins

There is nothing particularly unique about the story that brought us to this area or to Live Oak.  Family ties brought us here and that family to Live Oak. Our biological family is just one of the reasons we stay. Our spiritual family, the church of Live Oak is a close second.  Our life experience has taught us that the community of God’s people across the world is the best hook on which we can hang our hats.

The following, a part of our family history, may be a bit more unique than some.  In the summer of 2017 we learned that our South Carolina daughter would be giving birth to our 16th grandchild.  This little girl would come home to three brothers and a mom and dad who were anxious to meet her.  At a routine 21 week pregnancy checkup we learned that there was nothing routine about this pregnancy.  Dawson would not be not be coming home and would not be compatible with life outside the womb, even though the pregnancy would be full term.  From that moment, to this day, our Live Oak family stepped into action.  Prayers, cards, email, frequent texts, meals, hugs, shared tears, scripture verses came our way.  We were joined in praying for a healing that did not come but what did come was a second layer of concern and love for our family as we grieved and wrestled with the sovereignty of an Almighty God.

Today our latest faith walk is centered on Dawson’s next oldest sibling.  True to form, Bexley’s battle with ongoing epileptic seizures has not gone unnoticed by our church community.  Prayers are being raised for complete healing, medication that will control his forceful head drops and protection for his four year old body until healing comes.  The people of Live Oak, His church, are actively blessing us and so many others.  Until God moves us from Bluffton we are here to stay, anxious to witness all that God has for this outpost of His universal kingdom.

Thank you Live Oak!