Melissa Bynum, Community Outreach Director with Shepherd’s Center Senior Citizen program, received another call from a senior citizen lady who needed repairs on her home. It was June and a number of requests had already been filled. Several organizations and businesses in Wyandotte County had willingly donated needed materials for the work. Fred Henik, the volunteer for home repairs, had already finished nine other jobs. However, the phone kept ringing and she had a list of six ladies who had homes that needed important repairs.
The next happening that came to pass, Melissa credits to a Higher Power Who knew of the needs and also knew of a gung-ho group that waited with enthusiasm to cover them. A phone call came from John Cravens, Youth Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas! He had a group of 100 young people who were anxious to take the trip to Kansas City and give help to persons in need.
Melissa set to work rounding up supplies for the work. Wyandotte County Liveable Neighborhoods with Mary Jane Johnson, the Neighborhood Resource Center, John Pack, and Lowe’s Building Supplies Company donated materials and. with Melissa, gave time to photograph each house and make a list of supplies needed.
On July 9 Pastor Cravens and 100 energetic young people arrived in KCK and, to quote Melissa, they “hit the ground running!” Financial help came in from the Leavenworth Road Association, Turner Community Corrections and Baron Contracting. By July 12 five of the homes were repaired. One lady has a ramp with a railing from her porch to the mailbox. Another has new windows with screens to open in the back of the house. Two of the senior citizens have sturdy new porches and one has a newly painted house. Electrical repairs can be made now that a sixth home’s basement has been cleared out.
The Senior Pastor from the church in Plano, Texas, came to Kansas City to serve Communion to each of the recipients of help and also the young people repairing each house. The church in Texas could have called some other place to offer help. Someone guided the group to a needful situation to which their young talents and energy could give aid.
“Six homes in six days!” said Melissa. “Miraculous in so many ways.”
Luke 10:2 “He told them, the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Melissa’s choice of pertinent message.)
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