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Marianne's Story: Helping a Widow Facing a Possible Mortgage Default

Often, new widows face significant hurdles as they attempt to put their life back together. Marianne proved that point with epic challenges looming over her shortly after her husband died. A faithful believer, Marianne's homeowners insurance company told her that they wouldn’t renew the policy until she had the roof replaced, two months after her husband died. Non-renewal of insurance can lead to a default on your mortgage. They gave her one month to rectify the problem. HRM, six churches and Meet the Need Atlanta were able to replace Marianne’s roof, which enabled her to get insurance on the home. HRM has been blessed to serve Marianne in other ways since then, over the years, including:

  • Installing gutter covers

  • Patching holes in a gable

  • Advocating for her with a heating & air company to get her system working (in cooperation with Gwinnett County Senior Services)

  • Recruiting a church youth group to clean up her yard after a citation

  • Sharing Christ with her dying friend


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Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

What differentiates service ministries from other nonprofits which help people? It's the gospel! For HRM, prayer is a critical component of our gospel focus. Every week, our three staff gather together to praise God and lift our requests to Him. Prayer inevitably reminds us of the wonder of God’s grace to us. Often, we pray for our clients. We also make an effort to pray with our clients as we speak with them and serve them. As we lift up our new friends and their physical needs, it's very natural to work in the greater spiritual need, and the solution of the gospel, which they may or may not be aware of.

We have also developed a pamphlet which presents the gospel, and God's love, in a short, digestible format. It gives us something to leave behind with the homeowner, which they can look over and think about after we visit, and can prompt a further discussion. Check it out

We also represent the gospel when we do our work with excellence. Matthew 5:16 says, "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." (ESV) By doing our work with diligence, we show the homeowner that we care about her and that God cares, too. And as we labor and serve, we often get the question, "Why are you doing this?". We love that question! Talk about a hanging curveball and a great spiritual discussion starter!

We'd love to hear from you. How does your ministry keep the main thing the main thing? Leave a comment below and let us know.



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