A fire that occurred three months ago from chemicals combusting is what led two Mercy House volunteers to the Coast this weekend. Two workers in the ministry are in Gulfport this weekend, selling handmade crosses to help rebuild a church work room that a fire destroyed late last year. Workers with Teen Challenge International, a group based in Georgetown, Mississippi, have traveled around the state since the blaze, and this weekend, they are set up at Fazzio's Home and Garden Center.
The ministry helps men with addictions and substance abuse problems by selling handmade crosses. Last year, a heater ignited fumes from the lacquer the volunteers were using to make the crosses, burning down their wood making shop. Members of this ministry are rebuilding their shop and their lives. Ramsay Prine with the Mercy House Teen Challenge Ministries says, "This program saved my life. I was a drug addict for 14 years, in and out of jail, in a gang, wound up in prison with a five year sentence, met the Lord while I was in prison and I came out, got involved in this program. I've been sober going on 15 months now because of Teen Challenge."
If you would like to help out, you can stop by Fazzio's Home and Garden Center in Gulfport. Those handmade crosses are being sold for $20 each. Proceeds will fund the rebuilding of Mercy House's wood shop and rehab programs.