Stacy and Josh Lemonds returned home in the dead of winter and found that their heat had suddenly stopped working. It was freezing cold in Oklahoma City, but there wasn’t much they could do.
The electric company pulled their meter and declared it a fire hazard, due to the corroded wires. were prohibited from getting their electricity back until it was repaired and tested again.
However, both Stacy and Josh were out of work at the time. Down on their luck, they had financial difficulties and didn’t have the means to make the necessary fixes. All they could do was pray.
Stacy and Josh reached out to their church marriage group to ask their community for some collective prayer. They were surprised when a man named Joshua Matthews personally reached out to them instead.
The couple had recently met Joshua through their marriage group. After hearing that Joshua’s wife was sick, Stacy and Josh brought some warm meals to his home. Little did they know, their kindness would soon be repaid.
Joshua, who completed two tours in Afghanistan, currently works as an apprentice with Dane Electric. He offered his expertise to the struggling couple.
Joshua spent the next several days and nights working tirelessly to repair the Lemonds’ heat. He worked in the cold and rain, climbing up and down slippery ladders in the darkness.
In the end, Joshua and his company got the Lemonds’ electricity back up to code and made all the necessary fixes — at no cost to the struggling couple.
A few days later, Joshua was sent back out to Stacy and Josh’s home for what he thought was a re-inspection.
Really, it was just a way to lure Joshua over so the Lemonds could present him with a huge and well-deserved surprise.
I just love stories like this one! It shows the power of humans when we’re compassionate and works together.
Always remember that what goes around has a funny knack of coming back around. Treating people with kindness and going above and beyond to help them can result in you having someone to reach out to in your hour of need!