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November 23, 2013

Today’s need — $3,600

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 250 different families. The Wesley House started taking applications for Christmas in September. The applications are for families who might not have Christmas without help from the community. Once the applications are approved, the Wesley House provides gifts for the children. Along with providing gifts, they also provide a bag with contents for a family Christmas meal. I listened last year as Renee Boatner, an employee of the Wesley House, explained the process of handing out the bags. I wish you could all see the expression on her face as she described the reaction of the families receiving food. Some cry, while others just hug the person giving the bag as they realize they will be able to have a family meal. It touches me to realize each of these bags represents God’s provision. It is my hope through each meal provided someone might draw closer to God. Smaller families receive a hen, and larger families receive a turkey in their bag. More than 900 families have been approved this year.  Last year 250 of the applicants received a turkey.

    With $3,600 we can provide the turkeys needed so that 250 families can enjoy a nice family Christmas meal together. Thank you for allowing God to show provision for this need 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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