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Archive for March, 2016

"The Biggest Blessing I've Ever Received"

We got a reminder recently of what a difference a relatively mundane thing, like putting on a new roof, can make for a hurting person. This should be an encouragement to all followers of Christ. You have practical skills and abilities you can use and give to bless others. What are they? Putting that gift to use for someone in need might just give you an opportunity to share why you're doing it. That's the great thing about a mercy ministry like home repair. What a great way to introduce a hurting person to Christ, or encourage a believer going through a trial!

Ms. Ingram had experienced an incredible series of major difficulties befall her. She shared, "I'm a widow of two years and shortly after my husband’s death I went blind. My roof was leaking and then part of my ceiling fell in." .

The Lord has provided for her in some amazing ways. After four surgeries, her vision was restored. But she still had house problems to deal with – roof leaks and several other necessary repairs. That’s where, through supporters like you, HRM was able to enter the picture.

The eave of Ms. Ingram’s roof was improperly built and had large gaps. We stripped the roof, rebuilt the way the fascia boards were attached (gutters had torn them loose), did a lot of deck repair and reinforcement, and installed long-life shingles. Representatives from five churches participated.

Ms. Ingram

A Recent Widow Received Several Repairs and a New Roof.

The project had an amazing impact on her. Here is how she described it in her own words:

"I'm very grateful to Harvey, Andre, and the volunteers for the very hard work they put into my new roof and all the major repairs needed. I've had my eye surgery and with my restored eyesight and new roof I can work. This is the biggest blessing I’ve ever received in my life and carries heavy on my heart to pass this blessing forward."

So, who are your Ms. Ingram's? How can you be out in the community showing and sharing Jesus' love with people in need? If your church is interested in pursuing home repair as a mercy ministry, we'd love to help you get started. We have no-cost resources designed to help churches start or grow teams. Learn from our mistakes! Church home repair resources

The Mercy Mandate

I love God for His mercy - His undeserved forgiveness of sins and unfathomable offer of a relationship with Him, to those who put their faith and trust in Jesus. God’s mercy is the reason HRM exists. In fact, we are called a mercy ministry, but what is our mercy supposed to look like and what are God’s expectations of us?

There are many passages in the Old Testament that provide guidelines for mercy. Some seem obscure in the digital age. Israel was told to leave “gleanings” (leftovers after crops are harvested or which ripen late) for the poor or alien (a refugee, perhaps?), whom the farmer was to let enter his field. It was an early form of social welfare, and it wasn’t technically a gift to the poor. It was a requirement of God’s Law.

Deuteronomy 15:4 says, “But there will be no poor among you; for the Lord will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess...”. In verse 11, there seems to be a contradiction, “For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’” (ESV) I take these verses to mean, God will provide us the resources, so we should go and find the needy, and help them in a way that improves their prospects for the future. In the New Testament, Jesus equates our walk with Him, in part, to how we treat and serve the poor and marginalized. (Matthew 25:31-40).

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HRM Home Tip - Addressing Issues With Shutoff Valves

Shutoff valveWe often see problems with shutoff valves for sink faucets and toilet supply lines. Since it's such a common occurrence, it might be an issue you face someday, also. Fortunately, there's a fairly easy trick that usually fixes the problem.

A lot of valves, start leaking around the shaft when turned off after a period of non-use. It is hard to see where it’s coming from, but tightening the nut just under the handle often ends the problem. This can be done with a proper size wrench, Crescent wrench, or even pliers. Don’t make it too tight, though, or you won’t be able to turn the valve at all.

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