Meridian Star

November 30, 2013

Today’s need -- $2,675

By Trey Long / Guest Columnist
Special to The 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 couple in their forties with three children.  The father was uncomfortable as he asked for help for the first time in his life.  He was laid off from work but has found a new job.  The time between jobs caused them to miss his needed income.  We can provide assistance with their mortgage and utilities while the father starts his new job.

    The second need is a single lady with two children who recently experienced a house fire.  The cost of finding an apartment and starting over has her in a financial bind.  We can assist with utilities as their lives return to normal.

    The third need is a lady in her sixties with unexpected repairs to her heating unit.  The expense of this repair made it impossible for her to make ends meet.  We can provide assistance with utilities to allow this lady to have heat during the cold weather.

    The fourth need is man in his seventies at risk of having his utilities cut off.  He has never asked for help but felt he had no choice after a recent sickness.  He had to choose medical treatment and medicine over his utilities.  We can provide utilities while he continues to heal.

    The fifth need is a mother in her late thirties with two children.  The repair cost of a water leak in her house set her back financially.  She was humble as she asked for assistance. We can provide utilities while she gets her finances back in order.

    The sixth need is a single father of two children.  He had to take off from work when one of the children became very ill.  As a single father he felt he had no choice but tend to his child’s health.  We can provide utilities while the father returns to work.

    With $2,675.00 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: 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  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.