The City of Tahoka gathered Sunday to celebrate the progress that's been made with ‘Butterfly Blessings of Laela Marie Duran'. The Duran family lost their 8-year old daughter Laela Marie and everything they owned in a house fire this past November. Community members formed ‘Butterfly Blessings' to build the family a new home.
Project leader Dr. Steve Bonner had the idea to invite the entire community out to see the building progress. Numerous denominations gathered this morning to worship in front of a lot that was vacant just a month before. Baptists, Catholics and everyone in between attended and contributed to the service.
"I'm blown away, every time I come out here, I'm amazed at what God's doing," Bonner said.
Bonner says the outpouring of support from the community has been incredible. There are few pieces of the house that they actually had to purchase because the donations kept rolling in.
"When we need something, it shows up. Constantly I'm receiving phone calls, " Bonner said.
Vernon Baker is a ‘Butterfly Blessings' committee member, he says this project has brought Tahoka together.
"We would have given it all back to have her here with us, but through her death our community is coming together," Baker said.
Many agree that it's apparent the Duran's have been touched through this experience. The family has had the chance to be involved with every aspect of the building.
"It's allowing them to see they're not alone and that the whole community hurts with them in this tragedy," Bonner said.
"This shows them that there is a future in the midst of tragedy. Through Laela's memory, people are being touched," Baker told us.
Immediately when you walk inside the house you will see countless verses and words of encouragement written on the unfinished walls. Community members and volunteers were given the opportunity to do so. The family also wrote a verse, 1 Corinthians 13:13. Laela's mother, Sylvia Duran, shared it through tears during the service.
"Now these three remain: Faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love," Duran said.
Love is just what the Duran family needs and it's just what the City of Tahoka is giving them.
"Little Laela has done more in her death than most people do in their entire lifetime," Bonner said.
If you are interested in donating you can go to The First National Bank in Tahoka or the First Bank and Trust.
You can also donate by purchasing food at the Slide Rd. Chik-Fil-A on Wednesday, March 28th. Twenty percent of the sales will go to the project. All you have to do is mention ‘Butterfly Blessings'.
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