Meridian Star

January 4, 2014

Today's need — $2,598

By Trey Long
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has not pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” 1 John 3:17



Praise belongs to God as every need since 2009 has been met. Thanks to everyone who has generously given over the years to change and enhance lives physically, financially, and spiritually. Each week I stand in awe of God as I witness God’s provision in our lives.

    Today’s need concerns six circumstances. These circumstances are a compilation of people who shared with us their stories. These stories protect the confidentiality of the individuals. The first need is a mother with two children trying to make ends meet after being laid from work the week before Christmas. We can help with her rent and utilities until she starts a new job in January.

    The second need is a family of five whose father has missed worked because of an injury. His broken arm and other injuries would not allow him to be released for work duties. We can assist with utilities while he heals.

    The third need is a mother with several health problems trying to remain in her apartment and avoid becoming homeless with her two children. She is doing all she can, but unexpected car repairs caused her to fall behind financially. We can provide rent and utilities to help this family remain in their apartment.

    The fourth need is a family with two small children. The father has been struggling with severe illness. They have not been able to afford his much needed medications because of his missed income. We can assist with medications and utilities while he returns to work.

    The fifth need is a family of five moving back to Meridian to help take care of a family member that is terminally ill. The cost of taking the family member to and from the Medical Center in Jackson has put them in a financial bind. We can assist with food and utilities while this family takes care of one of their own.

    The sixth need is a family of four whose father has missed much work because of the weather. The slow work has the family facing financial disaster. The father is looking for other job opportunities and is excited about his future. We can provide utilities while the father continues to do all he can to provide for his family.

    With $2,598 we can meet all these needs. Thank you for allowing God to show provision for these needs through your prayers and giving.

    For your information, any story will be shared after all needs and individuals have been processed through the Wesley Clearing House. Proof of I.D., pay stubs, tax records, and a social security number for each member of the household must be provided. In addition, any child over 18 must provide income information, copies of any outgoing bills, and proof of any subsidy such as food stamps, housing allowance, etc.  This extensive application process ensures the people and the situations they face are real. God is so good! Thank you for being somebody He can use. Please pray for each need and see if God gives you the means to help. If He puts it on your heart, please act on it.

    Monday mornings at 7:15, we have a weekly segment on 1010 AM WMOX called Wesley 1 John 3:17. We will highlight the Today’s Need during the segment and take call ins for pledges. The phone numbers are 601-693-1010 or 601-693-1891. You can learn more about Wesley House Community Center, Inc., their six agencies and the progress for the Family Justice Center, Wesley 1 John 3:17, and other Wesley events by visiting our website: www.wesleyhousemeridian.org or our Wesley Facebook page for the latest updates and information.  Join our weekly email list for updates on emergency needs being met through Wesley 1 JOHN 3:17 by emailing “Add me” to trey@longwholesale.com. Checks should be made out to Wesley House and mailed to Wesley House Community Center, Inc., PO BOX 1207, Meridian, MS 39302.  You can write on the memo line of the check Emergency Christian Relief. (ECR) Donations are tax deductible. Thank you for allowing us to serve the community through your prayers and supportive gifts and donations. All Glory belongs to God as lives are changing physically, financially, and spiritually.