Samaritan’s Purse completes home; dedication today

Winston Strong gives keys to 4 homeowners

From staff and press reports

Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization, will dedicate the a completed home as part of the Winston County, Mississippi Rebuild Project on Wednesday, July 29 at 9:30 a.m.

In April of 2014, two large tornadoes tore through Winston County, Mississippi. Samaritan’s Purse deployed to help homeowners with immediate cleanup and repairs. Now, Samaritan’s Purse continues to help homeowners recover through a rebuild program.

This new house will become home to Mary Rogers,83. Mary Rogers said she saw the tornado coming but had nowhere to go. She was sitting in her living room when the tornado ripped the roof off above her head but left the ceiling intact. When Mary stood up and walked to another part of her house, the ceiling behind her collapsed.

Rogers desperately needed a new house, and on Wednesday, July 29 she will be given one.
Volunteers have worked for the past two and a half months to build Rogers’ new house. Rogers in not able to help with the manual labor, but she visits the volunteers on site every day, keeps a journal of where each volunteer is from and even helps paint when she is able.

On Wednesday, after more than two months of construction, Rogers will receive the keys to her brand new house.

WinstonStrong awards more homes
The family and friends of Winston Strong gathered in the new homes of Jerome Moncrief, Freada Estes, James Eichelberger, and Jennifer Coleman to thank God for His blessings and to invite Him to share the places with all whom had made a home there.

Hubert Yates of Winston Strong and Samaritan’s Purse presents a Bible and prayer blanket to Jerome Moncrief prior to Mellie Jordan presenting the keys to the home.

Hubert Yates of Winston Strong and Samaritan’s Purse presents a Bible and prayer blanket to Jerome Moncrief prior to Mellie Jordan presenting the keys to the home.

The dedication ceremony for Mr. Jerome Moncrief began with an opening prayer by Bro. Hubert Yates, followed by the song, “Amazing Grace.” After the song, Bro. Yates gave the Presentation of the Bible and Quilt. Demetrice Cheatham gave the Presentation of the Title and Keys and remarks. Jerome and his family then gave remarks. The ceremony was closed with the Lord’s Prayer.

Brother Mike Dowd of Winston Strong presents a Bible and prayer blanket to Freada Estes prior to Mellie Jordan presenting the keys to the home.

Brother Mike Dowd of Winston Strong presents a Bible and prayer blanket to Freada Estes prior to Mellie Jordan presenting the keys to the home.

The dedication ceremony for Ms. Freada Estes began with an opening prayer by Bro. Mike Dowd, followed by “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” by Demetrice Cheatham. Bro. Hubert Yates then gave remarks. The remarks were followed by the Presentation of the Bible and Quilt by Bro. Mike Dowd. Mellie Jordan then gave the Presentation of the Title and Keys along with remarks, which were followed by the song, “Amazing Grace.” Ms. Freada and her family then gave remarks, which were followed by the Lord’s Prayer.

David Crowson, construction manager of Winston Strong with James ‘Tom’ Eichelberger

David Crowson, construction manager of Winston Strong with James ‘Tom’ Eichelberger

The dedication ceremony for Mr. James Eichelberger began with an opening prayer by Bro. Mike Dowd, followed by remarks from Mellie Jordan. After remarks the Presentation of the Bible and Quilt was given by Bro. Mike Dowd, followed by the Presentation of the Title and Key by DeShanta Shannon. Mr. James Eichelberger then gave his remarks, which were followed by the Lord’s Prayer.

Jennifer Coleman (home owner) with Mellie Childs-Jordan, case manager of Winston Strong Photo by Elmetra Patterson

Jennifer Coleman (home owner) with Mellie Childs-Jordan, case manager of Winston Strong
Photo by Elmetra Patterson

The dedication ceremony for Ms. Jennifer Coleman began with an opening prayer by Bro. Mike Dowd, followed with remarks by Mellie Jordan. After the remarks, the Presentation of the Bible and Quilt was given by Bro. Mike Dowd, followed by the Presentation of the Title and Key by Mellie Jordan. Ms. Coleman then gave her remarks, which were followed by the Lord’s Prayer.

After the 4 home dedications this week, Winston Strong still has about 15 open projects and is working with Samaritan’s Purse on three other projects in the hopes of getting 11 more in the works.

WinstonStrong has directly helped 145 families and have used every dollar donated wisely through matching funds, matching labor and other assistance to bring over $2 million in assistance to those in need. The group has partnered with Mississippi Methodist Conference, Mennonite Disaster Service, Christian Aid Ministries and Samaritan’s Purse among many others to provide much need services, repairs and homes.

Anyone wishing to make a donation or volunteer to help may contact the Volunteer Management Coordinator at 405-403-1817 or email volunteers@winstoncounty.org.

If you prefer to donate by check or in person, make your contributions payable to: Winston Community Development Disaster Relief Fund, Renasant Bank, P.O. Box 389, Louisville, MS 39339. You may also bring your donations to the Winston County Economic Development Partnership/Chamber of Commerce, 311 West Park Street, Louisville, MS 39339.

You may also visit the ‘WinstonStrong’ website www.winstonstrong.org or call 405-403-3404. This fund is a 501C3 non-profit so all donations are tax deductible.