Winston County Habitat for Humanity is currently in the process of building a home for a partner family and would like to be able to roll right into building the next one. Trey Jones, Executive Director of Mississippi Association of Habitat for Humanity Affiliates gave the following challenge to Winston County residents. A Calling to Care for Community On one hand, the problem seems out of control; on the other hand, we no longer see it anymore. Homelessness and substandard housing has become something that we consider inevitable or something that we do not even consider at all. Winston County is not immune to the problem. Many of our hardworking friends and neighbors cannot afford a safe, decent place to live. Their limited housing resources are drained by high utility bills and their health is compromised by mold, lead-based paint and infestation. We can no longer turn away and act as if we do not have a Christian responsibility to care. Habitat for Humanity of Winston County is sounding a call to care for our community. We have chosen, as our means of manifesting the love of Jesus Christ, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter. We are putting faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty. We are seeking to put shelter on hearts and minds in such powerful ways that poverty housing becomes socially, politically and religiously unacceptable in our community. The problem of substandard housing is not bigger than our God, but it will remain a problem if we are unwilling to care. On March 17th I was invited to Lake Tiak O’Khata to share a solution that has proven effective – Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community and hope. At the conclusion I invited the community to consider the resources necessary to serve at least two families per year. A goal was established to annually raise $100,000 in Winston County for Winston County. Habitat for Humanity of Winston County is seeking 100 Christian Partners to make a minimum annual gift of $1,000 and 1000 Christian Friends to make a minimum annual gift of $100. A gift of $100 per month will make you a founding member of the 100 Christian Partners Society, or a gift of $10 per month will make you a founding member of the 1000 Christian Friends Society. You have the ability to create a Winston County in which everyone has a decent place to live! We believe that through in faith in Christ, the miniscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent. So, we boldly sound the call to everyone in Winston County to care for community. The Scriptures are clear: “…the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” Galatians 5:6. We choose to build homes, community and hope! What Will You Build? Trey Jones, Executive Director Mississippi Association of Habitat for Humanity Affiliates For more information on partnering with Habitat you may call Glenda Johnson at 662-736-0037. Donations for Habitat may be dropped off at BancorpSouth on Main Street in Louisville.