Through hardship comes love from the community
by Linda Kennedy
Sep 12, 2012 | 656 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A little elbow grease and caring heart has brought together three local churches and a Metropolis family.  Stacy Benton, right, and her family are receiving help from Get Involved Ministry.  David Goines, a Get Involved volunteer, is shown working on a window at the Benton home on Catherine Street.
— Planet photo by Linda Kennedy
A little elbow grease and caring heart has brought together three local churches and a Metropolis family. Stacy Benton, right, and her family are receiving help from Get Involved Ministry. David Goines, a Get Involved volunteer, is shown working on a window at the Benton home on Catherine Street. — Planet photo by Linda Kennedy
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Going Where God Leads is not only the motto for Massac County’s Get Involved Ministry but also is the driving force for three area churches to help a local family.

Bro. Paul McCormick, who is spearheading the Get Involved Ministry in Massac County, said his organization is trying to help Bobby and Stacy Benton and their children. “They are currently going through a hardship, and we decided to get involve and help the family, who have three children, ages 11, 9 and 4,” explained McCormick

Weaver Creek Baptist and First Baptist churches, along with Mt. Sterling Cumberland Presbyterian Church, are helping the Benton family with painting, roof repair, electrical and flooring at their home at 621 Catherine St. But more help is needed.

A work day has been set for Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. Individuals or organizations who wish to volunteer can call McCormick at 931-510-4123 or send him an e-mail at paulmc1971@yahoo.com.

“They were living here locally in a place that didn’t even have a window . . . this family was trying to stay together but needed help and that’s when we stepped in,” McCormick stated. “An anonymous gentleman purchased the house on Catherine to help the Bentons, and hopefully in six years, the house will be their own.”

“My kids are ecstatic,” explained Stacy Benton. “They are going to have their own bedroom when the repairs are finished on the house. Except for maybe a holiday like Christmas, I’ve never seen my kids this happy.”

The church and volunteers banded together to provide food for a week to the Bentons and even personal items, like toothbrushes.

“We want to get involve in Paul’s ministry,” said Benton. “We want to give back and show the love this community has given us.”

“I just want to thank everyone who has helped the Benton family so far,” added McCormick. “We just want to give these kids a home of their own to live in.”

McCormick hopes to have a meeting in a few weeks to invite area churches to come together to see if they want to be a part of the local ministry.

“Get Involved Ministry gives a solid base for other churches to come together to help to do good at one time,” stated McCormick. “Because of this bad economy, if we can come together and help the community, then we are helping our community grow through God’s will.”

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