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December 7, 2013

Today's Need — Christmas for foster care children

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 is Christmas for foster care children. Last year this need touched my heart as we provided Christmas for 107 children. While talking to Maya Edwards with the Wesley House Victim Service Agency, I realized just how special it was for each child last year. While listening to her describe situations these children are facing, I kept thinking about James 1:27: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” These children are in the custody of the state of Mississippi through DHS, which has removed them from their homes as a result of neglect and abuse.  They live in foster homes and shelters, and many have been separated from their siblings because of lack of space. The Wesley House is often the only source of Christmas for many individuals in our community. Last year the Wesley House provided Christmas for about 600 foster care children. There are currently 158 foster care children who have not been provided for this year. It takes only $200 to provide a Christmas package for a child. Each Christmas package is specially put together for the needs of the individual child and carries with it the true meaning of Christmas – Christ!  Hopefully as they open the packages, God is opening the hearts of those who have not accepted Him as Savior. The $200 will provide clothing, food, toiletries, and toys for one child. We have lined up volunteers to shop for each child personally. May the knowledge of Christ spread through generous giving during this season. It does not get any better than a child experiencing Christmas while God is glorified. Help us spread the Good News this Christmas! Thank you for allowing God to show provision for these children 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.

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