Putting others above themselves is a lifestyle habit that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar strive to instill in their children. Leading
by example, the couple, along with Gil and Kelly Bates (also the parents of 19
children), visited Claire, a fan recovering from brain surgery.
After connecting with the Bates family through
a mutual friend late last week, Gil and Kelly offered to surprise
Claire with a visit. Jim Bob and Michelle had plans to drop by the Bates' Tennessee home Monday afternoon and jumped at the chance to go along, so
the two couples arranged to meet Claire at the hospital later that evening.
Brad, Claire's father, shares the details
of the visit:
The Duggars had been on the
road all day with their family, and yet once they got settled in with [the] Bates and
had dinner, they then got in the car and drove from the Bates' home in Lake City
to the hospital. There were no cameras, except our own. There was no publicity.
They simply got in the car and drove to Knoxville to meet Claire. It was out of
pure kindness, I say it was a "God thing."
Brad said that the
four had tears in their eyes as he told them Claire's story.
They all gave her gentle hugs, and Ms. Duggar
even gave her sweet kisses on the forehead. Mr. Bates led us in a prayer, and
then they just visited with us. They insisted we keep them posted on her
recovery. I was truly impressed with the love that God has put in their hearts.
I can't thank the Duggar and Bates families enough for the effort they made to
make our Claire Bear a very happy little lady. God used them as such a blessing
to us, and we are grateful. Most of all, I thank God for progress in
Claire's healing and another step toward getting home. Thank you for your continued prayers and please
say a prayer for the Duggars and Bates, as well."