Barbara Russell believed that Jr. High youth empowered by God could make a difference in the lives of others. Through her efforts as a founder and leader at Jeremiah Project, Barb facilitated change in the lives of clients and the Jr. High youth that provide the work force of the JP home repair ministry. Her dedication to the work of Jeremiah Project continued until her untimely passing in July 2011.
In addition to the many areas where Barb supported JP summer camps, she was also a principal in the work of identifying clients and establishing the details of their needs. This effort involved measuring and photographing and evaluating needs ….and making friends in the Shenandoah Valley and Greater Richmond areas. But it also involved listening and understanding and identifying ways to help. Many times, her interactions identified needs that could not be meet by Jeremiah Project work teams. Barb would be moved to ask that we find ways to meet these needs. We were personally blessed to be able to assist with meeting some of these needs (of her friends) through our own resources. It is therefore a further blessing that through the Greater Impact Memorial Fund in honor of Barbara Russell, client needs beyond the efforts of Jeremiah Project work teams can still be met.
I am sure that Barb is still working to bring to our attention those
who can be helped through the efforts of the Jeremiah Project. Thank you for considering to aid in carrying
on her legacy of caring by supporting this fund.
Yours in Christ,
This fund will provide support to clients who have needs beyond the scope of work that JP normally provides and allow us to say, "YES!" to so many requests that we could not do in the past. Funds could be used to repair plumbing or electrical issues, provide other repairs such as major roof repairs, replacement of storm doors, windows, and more. Memorial funds could even be used to purchase a much-needed appliance.
Over the past two years, the Greater Impact Memorial Fund has installed new exterior doors for several families, a walk-in shower for an elderly gentleman, completed a bathroom by installing new floor, toilet, and vanity, purchased and installed a new water pressure tank for an individual who did not have running water. We have replaced a roof, performed extensive electrical repairs for an elderly woman living alone, and much more.
Funding for the Greater Impact Memorial Fund will come by donation from individuals, families, and churches.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution in honor of Barbara, you will find a donation page HERE.
Note: If you prefer to make a donation with a check, please make the check payable to: "Jeremiah Project" and mail to:
P.O. Box 5163
We are looking forward to putting this memorial fund into kingdom use this summer as we seek to have a greater impact for those we love and serve in the name of Jesus!
Below you will see some tributes and pictures about Barbara serving others and the Lord.