A miracle reunion at Spruce Lake
Vocalist Jon Sheptock presented a concert July 12, 2017, during Spruce Lake’s Family Week. Despite his incredible voice and godly charisma on stage, this was no ordinary concert. In the audience sat his biological mother and several other family members, listening…they had never heard Jon sing like this! In fact, they had not heard him sing at all since the day he was born 41 years ago.
Jon was born one day in 1976 with an unusual affliction – no arms and a right leg about six inches shorter than the other. That same evening, his biological parents made the difficult decision to turn him over to the State. Six months later, the Sheptock family adopted him into their home. Yet Jon, growing up with his disability, endured more than any able-bodied person could possibly understand. As a teenager, feeling in total despair, he considered ending his life. But God miraculously caught Jon, helping him discover his One Special Gift – his voice. Yes…yes! He could sing!
God also led Jon to his loving wife, Staci, and opened up amazing opportunities to sing throughout the United States and to be the lead singer for the One Percenters band, an exciting prison ministry he’s part of. Life had become good, and Jon loved serving the Lord who had given him so much.
In December, 2016, however, Jon received a most unusual email. It was from the social care worker who had helped place him with the Sheptock family when he was six months old. Would he be willing to see his mother? After several days Jon responded. Yes, he was ready to meet her. He traveled to New Jersey in March, 2017, to meet JoAnn Rand, his biological mother.
It was like they had never been apart all those years! Their bonding was immediate and sure. God had surprised Jon beyond all expectations – again!
And so it was that JoAnn Rand came to Spruce Lake to hear the child she had always loved sing for the very first time.
Jon Sheptock’s family, July 12, 2017:
L-R: (front) Chloe Sheptock (daughter), Sadie Sheptock (daughter), Cole Rand (nephew).
(middle) Anna Sheptock (daughter), Chayse Rand (nephew), Staci Sheptock (Jon’s wife), Jon Sheptock, JoAnn Rand (Jon’s mother), Nicole Rand (sister), Kelley Rand (sister).
(in back) Peter Rand (brother)