Poe family wins $5,000 home makeover

Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Kristin (left), Elizabeth, Darren and Emily Poe will be receiving a home makeover courtesy of the Emmanuel Baptist Church. (Times photo/Ryan Rogers)

Darren and Elizabeth Poe of Greenway were selected as the recipients of the makeover being offered by the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Piggott. The family's home will be remodelled much like the homes in the television show "Extreme Makeover--Home Edition." The house will get new siding, carpet and windows during the reconstruction.

As the house will be in disarray during the time the work crew are busy renovating it, the church is also sending the Poes and their children Kristin, Emily and Joshua to Branson for a week. Pastor Kevin Murray told Elizabeth that if she were unable to get compensation for her time away from work, the church would pay her during her time off.

While in Branson, the family will stay in a two bedroom condominium provided by a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. They will be able to fish on Branson's three lakes, Lake Taneycomo, Bull Shoals and Table Rock. The Poes will have the opportunity to enjoy the attractions at Silver Dollar City. At night, they can enjoy the many shows that Branson has to offer.

The Poes were nominated by Elizabeth's sister, Lori Parker. In a video shown on a large screen to those gathered in the church on Friday, an emotional Parker spoke of the reasons she felt her sister's family should be chosen. Darren had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in July of 2003. Though his treatments and surgery have been successful, he has been unable to work due to his condition. The family has been getting by on Elizabeth's income alone. With the cost of raising three children and medical expenses, it has been a difficult time for the Poes.

"A couple of weeks ago, my sister told me that she had nominated us," a tearful Elizabeth said. "I was glad she did it. It was very thoughtful. She always thinks of other people. But, I never expected to win.

"When I saw my sister on that screen, I couldn't believe it. God already gave me everything I wanted when he made Darren well. And then this happened and we were given another miracle. I want to thank everyone that made this possible and that prayed for Darren. I want to thank my sister."

"I thank Emmanuel and Lori very much from the bottom of my heart," Darren said. "This shows how wonderful people can be."

The announcement of the winning family capped off a celebration for the beginning of the church's 40 Days of Community program. The 40 day long program encourages community fellowship.

Contemporary gospel singer Charles Billingsley performed for those gathered in the church on the night. The crowd was thoroughly entertained by his combination of modern and traditional sounds. He praised the church on its efforts to strengthen the community through worship. He was joined a on stage by Pastor Murray for a rendition of "I'll Fly Away."

The event was a memorable occasion on many levels for those in attendance.

Emmanuel Baptist Church will also sponsor a makeover for a family in the church. That announcement will be held at a later date.

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