Pastor Gary Austin of the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Grace Brethren Church, is featured in his local newspaper this week in a series in which people reflect on the good qualities of their neighborhoods. Here is a short excerpt. To read the entire article, click here.
Gary Austin and his wife Jean have lived on Parkwood drive for four years. They moved to the area from Indiana because Gary got a job as a Pastor at the Grace Brethren Church in Cedar Rapids.
About a year and a half ago, Gary was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. He is now clear, but said there were some rough times, and his neighbors were there to help.
“The guys were just incredibly helpful in taking care of stuff,” Gary said.
He spent two months in the hospital and said his neighbors helped plow the driveway and mow the lawn. Gary is back to mowing the lawn again.
“Mowing the grass is a sign that I can manage,” he said.