By Linda Kor
When Amanda Bazan arranged to purchase her small adobe home in Holbrook, she knew at the time that it was a work in progress and that it would take some time to make it the home she wanted. That all changed several months ago when a man came to her door telling her that he was inspired by God to provide her with service.
Phil Vecchiarelli is the pastor at Holbrook Seventh-day Adventist Indian School and in February he started as he does once a year, praying for divine inspiration. “I drove up and down the streets in Holbrook waited to be told which home would be our next project. When I was within a block of Amanda’s home I stopped my car and knew this was the one,” said Vecchiarelli.
As Vecchiarelli pulled up to her home, Bazan was pulling into the driveway after a long day of work. “I’d been working all day and was so tired that when he came to the door, I thought maybe he was a salesman and I really didn’t want to be bothered,” said Bazan.
What Vecchiarelli was offering was something she could never have expected or turned down: a complete renovation of her home at no cost.
What made the offer even more startling for Bazan was that just a week earlier a man had come into her work at Hensley’s Mini Mart and told her he came in there to pray with her.
“He didn’t want gas or to buy anything, he said he just felt inspired to come and pray with me. I said OK, and when he was done he told me something wonderful was about to happen in my life,” explained Bazan.
Since that time, students from the Holbrook Indian School, as well as from Thunderbird Christian Elementary School in Scottsdale, arrived at Bazan’s home and began work under the supervision of Vecchiarelli, with the assistance of Don Strawn and Ken Timmerman.
Over the course of three days the students repainted the home, added new fascia, pulled weeds and rebuilt steps, then planted trees and a vegetable garden. The men took a few more weeks to re-tile the kitchen, refinish an exterior wall, and replace windows, doors and a portion of the roof.
The final touch was to invite Bazan and her entire family over for dinner.
The schools, which are affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, complete a project similar to this each year for a family in the community as a way to provide service and to share with their students the rewards of caring for others. According to Vecchiarelli, it’s something they look forward to each year.
“This is something done out of inspiration from God, and we are very excited to be able to help others,” he said.