Meridian Star

April 13, 2013

Today’s need — $3,500

By Trey Long / guest columnist
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     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 four circumstances.  The first need is a mother in her late forties with one child. She is in the process of interviewing for a second job because her hours have been cut by her current employer. A second job will help her regain financial stability. However, she is concerned her utilities will be cut off while she waits for more income. We can provide utilities while this mother begins a second job.

    The second need is a lady in her sixties whose husband recently had a heart attack. She is having a hard time balancing her money, as her husband is unable to work and medical expenses are mounting. She has taken on a new job but is worried about her husband’s health every time she leaves his side. We can provide assistance with medications, travel expenses, and utilities while this kind lady continues to help her husband regain his health.

    The third need is a mother of three children trying to escape an abusive situation. The mother is finding it hard to work, locate housing, and take care of the children while avoiding the abuser. We can provide necessities so this mother and three children can start a new life free from abuse.

    The fourth need is a mother in her forties with one child. She is working and going to college to try to provide a better life for them. She is about to finish her degree next month and is excited about the job possibilities ahead of her.  We can provide utilities as this mother finishes her dream of earning a college degree.

    With $3,500 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.