Church Trying To Give Back To Giving Woman

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

Imagine for a second, if the only way you could get to and from the places you needed to go, was at five miles an hour, in your battery powered wheelchair.

That's what it's like for Evette Elliot.

Every Sunday it takes her 45 minutes to go two miles to church.

"Sometimes I wish it was a shorter distance," said Elliot. "I wish I had a way to get here quicker, but whatever it takes to be with my people of the Lord."

Evette Elliot was born with cerebral palsy. In 1992 she was hit by a car. That resulted in the removal of her left hip.

Even with those limitations she's made the journey to Faith Point Christian Center week after week, for the past four years.

"She's real active at church," said Tanya Morris, a friend. "She's actually on our dance team. She's on our women's dance team. She danced last week. She serves others and prays for others and she's a really awesome, giving lady."

Elliot is so well known for her giving that members of the church decided to give back. Nine months ago they helped her get her wheelchair into safe working order. They raised money to install lights and batteries that will keep her chair running on her long commute.

Now that it gets dark early, they want to take that idea even further.

"We have practice at night, we have church at night, we have things to do at night, and she wants to be able to come," said Pastor Randall Black. "We're trying to raise money to buy her a handicapped van. She can wheel right in, go to the steering wheel, everything's hooked up."

The church is trying to raise twenty thousand dollars for that van.

If they're successful, Elliot will be able to make it not only to church, but to places she couldn't go for a long time.

"It would also make it possible for me to work," she said. "Because, right now, the way transportation is in the city of Waynesboro, I cannot hold a job. No job is going to let you off exactly at five so you can catch a bus on time."

Morris said she'll be getting something even greater.

"Freedom really, is what she's getting. Just what we take for granted everyday. She's going to finally get to have again."

There will be a Spirit Night for Evette’s Van Fund from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Chick-Fil-A in Waynesboro, you can send donations to Attn: Evette’ Van Fund, Faith Point Christian Center, 1900 Park Ave., Waynesboro VA 22980.


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