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Church comes to Truckee man’s rescue

Scott Hess
Colin FisherRuss Davis stands in front of his home, which fellow church members painted while he recovered from a stroke in August.
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Truckee resident Russ Davis received a letter from Coachland Mobile Home Park in June that required the painting of his aging doublewide mobile home by the end of July or August.

In early August, however, Davis suffered a stroke, which guaranteed he could not do the painting himself. With a limited budget, he would have a hard time paying to have someone paint it, too.

“Everything was topsy-turvy around here,” said Davis’ wife Christa.

In comes the church. Truckee First Baptist Church Pastor Loren Morrill heard of Russ’ bad news and gathered all who could help. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-6, three groups of church members to power wash, tape-off trim and then paint the exterior of the home.

“Not very many people care that much,” Russ said. He said he was extremely grateful and “they did an excellent job” with the exterior and trim work.

“We were amazed they came around and did this for us,” Christa added. “Churches aren’t just there…to make money. They are there to help.”

While the Davises were elated the church came to help out, Morrill said it was just part of being a pastor, and part of being a member of the church.

“That’s our commitment to one another,” Morrill said. “Those of us in the church are a family.”

Morrill said Davis has been very active in the church but in his older years he had slowed down a little. With seniors, he said, the church takes extra care to help out.

“I believe the truest sense of Christ is to help one another,” he said. And anybody who could help, did – all the way from the youth of the church to one man, who is in his 80s, Morrill said.

Even Russ and Christa were present when the church members were painting the home, trying to help by offering refreshments to the workers.

The Davises could not believe that so many of the church members took the time out to help with this project, and praised Morrill as “wonderful.”

“It was an honor for us to do that for them,” Morrill said, humbly. “We did it joyfully.”


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