By Trey Long
The Meridian 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 a lady in her fifties who has multiple health issues and has recently lost her mother. She was grieving the loss of her mother when she had to go to the hospital for her own health issues. Providing care for her mother during her last days and being hospitalized caused her miss several weeks of work. We can provide utilities as she continues to heal in every area of her life.
The second need is a man in his fifties who has always provided for his family until he was recently laid off. He was embarrassed to ask for help but felt he had no choice with his bills increasing. We can provide rent and utilities to help him get back on his feet.
The third need is a man in his late sixties who is a veteran. He has been in the hospital for over a month with severe health problems. He has not been able to maintain his bills during his hospital stay and is worried his utilities will be cut off. We can provide utilities so this veteran who fought for our freedom can come home to a comfortable house.
The fourth need is a young couple who are both handicapped. They do all they can to provide for themselves but have come up short this month with unexpected expenses because of their handicaps. We can provide utilities for this couple who are living productive lives regardless of their handicaps.
The fifth need is a young single father trying his best to provide a good life for his child. He has no transportation at this point but has been able to find rides to work. We can provide assistance with his rent so he can afford to fix his vehicle in order to have reliable transportation for him and his child.
The sixth need is a couple in their fifties with three children. They have never asked for help. The husband was recently laid off but has since found a new job. We can provide assistance with rent and utilities as this hard working couple returns to financial stability.
With $2,696 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.