By Trey Long / Guest Columnist
Special to The Star
1 JOHN 3:17 - “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?”
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 six circumstances. The first need is school supplies for the Wesley House to have on hand for children returning to school. We will purchase crayons, notebook paper, children’s scissors, markers, spiral notebooks, three ring binders, glue, rulers, construction paper, and hand sanitizer.
The second need is a young mother of two working hard to make ends meet. She has been unable to work because of extreme sickness over the last few weeks. She has fallen behind on her rent because of the missed income and is facing eviction. We can provide rent to keep this family in their apartment.
The third need is a mother in her late thirties giving medical care to her youngest daughter for a neurological condition. The costs of travel and lost wages have created financial difficulty. We can provide assistance with her mortgage while she continues to give her daughter the best medical care possible.
The fourth need is thirty-year-old mother of three who was making ends meet until she was laid off by her employer. She is starting a new job but is worried her utilities will be cut off because of the lost income. We can provide utilities as this mother starts a new job.
The fifth need is a mother in her thirties with two children who is ecstatic about her new job. Her future is bright, and she is the happiest she has ever been. However, she incurred repair expenses she could not afford when her only form of transportation broke down. We can provide rent so she can repair her vehicle.
The sixth need is an older gentleman about to be evicted from his apartment. He went to the Wesley House as his last resort to keep from becoming homeless. We can provide rent as this he looks for a second job.
With $2,247.39 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.