Meridian Star


June 29, 2013

Today’s Need – $2,198.98

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 in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 has been met. Thanks to everyone who has generously given over the years to change 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 eight circumstances. The first need is a couple with three children. They find themselves in a crunch in spite of working all the hours they can. We can provide rent and food during this family’s struggle through a hard time.

    The second need is a couple in their thirties with two children. The youngest child has been very sick requiring doctor visits to Jackson to treat her condition. The travel and missed work have this family doing all they can to hold on financially. We can provide a mortgage payment and utilities while their daughter continues to heal.

    The third need is a couple in their thirties with one child. They are behind on their mortgage and afraid of losing their home. The husband was laid off work for several weeks and the wife’s salary is not enough to cover necessities. We can provide a mortgage payment and utilities as the husband starts a new job.

    The fourth need is a lady in her twenties asking for assistance for the first time in her life.  Her hours at work have been cut over the last month making it hard for her to stay ahead financially. We can provide utilities as she takes on a second job.

    The fifth need is a lady in her thirties who must be on dialysis. Extra medical costs have jeopardized her ability to pay rent and utilities. We can provide rent and utilities so that she can remain in her apartment as she recovers from her health problems.

    The sixth need is a single mother with three children. She has missed several weeks of work because of extreme sickness. The missed income has forced her to ask for help for the first time in her life in order to provide for her children. We can provide utilities while this single mother continues to work hard.

    The seventh need is a mother in her late twenties with two children. She has been employed by the same company for several years. However, the recent cutbacks in hours by her employer are making it difficult to afford her monthly expenses. We can provide utilities, food, and rent while this mother takes on a second job.

    The eighth need is a lady in her 60s who has gone without her diabetic and blood pressure medications for over a month because she lacks the money to afford them. She had to choose food, utilities, and shelter over medications. We can provide medications while she awaits approval by the patient assistance program.

    With $2,198.98 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 I write will be after an individual has been checked out through the Wesley House Clearing Procedure. Each individual must bring proof of I.D., pay stubs, tax records, and a social security number for each member of the household. 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. There is an extensive application that proves who the people are and the situation they face. Phone calls are placed to verify employment and information provided. The money you give will go in full to the individual if you decide to help. God is so good, and thank you for being somebody God can use. Please pray for each story and see if God gives you the means to help. If God puts it on your heart, please do not use the excuse somebody else will take care of it because it might go undone.

    Monday mornings at 7:15 we have a weekly segment on 1010 AM WMOX called the 1 John 3:17 segment. We will highlight the Today’s Need during the segment and take call ins for about thirty minutes for pledges. Please listen and call in 601-693-1010 or 601-693-1891 to help. You can also get updates by joining the 1 JOHN 3:17 Facebook page or the weekly email list. You can join the weekly email list by emailing “Add me” to Checks can be made out to the Wesley House and mailed to Trey Long, PO BOX 664, Marion, MS 39342. Donations are tax deductible. Glory belongs to God as lives are changing

physically, financially, and spiritually.

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