Members of Church Women United of Franklin County and guests heard two speakers who represented mission work at home and abroad at a gathering March 2 at South Frankfort Presbyterian Church.
Jason Dunn, president of Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County, reviewed the history of Habitat, how the organization began and has evolved. The local chapter was founded in 1991 by a group of concerned citizens who thought everyone should have decent housing.
Dunn told how this was being made possible by volunteers working with a partner family that has the need for housing to renovate or build the home. The houses are sold at no profit to partner families, and no-interest mortgages are issued over a fixed period.
Currently a Habitat house in Franklin County costs the homeowner an average of $60,000. Dunn said everyone is welcome to volunteer with Habitat, regardless of skill level, and volunteers are needed. Those who cannot volunteer labor can help by making tax-deductible monetary donations or building material donations. For more information, call Habitat at 502-875-8364.
Habitat’s motto is “A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out.”
The other speaker, Jennifer Grisham-Brown, is co-founder of Hope for Tomorrow Children’s Home in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Hope for Tomorrow provides a nurturing environment for orphaned children in Guatemala. It is a Christ-centered home that strives to meet the physical, educational, medical, psychological and nutritional needs of each child.
The home works to provide a spiritual climate that encourages each child to realize God’s call and ensure opportunities to increase his or her spiritual growth. It gives quality care in an environment that is safe, clean, loving, and conducive to learning. The staff is provided with ongoing training in the latest breakthroughs in childcare, which ensures children receive the best care possible.
Grisham-Brown said others can help make a difference by being a prayer partner, going on a mission trip to work directly with the children, be a short/long term volunteer, talk with groups about taking on this ministry as a project, sponsor a child through a tax-deductible contribution online at www.hope4tomorrow.net, give a Christmas, birthday, or anniversary gift in honor of that special person.
At the beginning of the program, seashells were placed on each table for each of the CWU attendants to hold and say a silent prayer for issues on their hearts at home and abroad, then pass it on to the person beside them until everyone had prayed over the shell. At the end of the program, the shells from each table were placed on a prayer altar where Linda Axon, Rev. Anna Jones, and Sally Taylor prayed for families, community, and world peace.
The offering collected will benefit the Emergency Food Pantry of Frankfort/Franklin County.