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January 10, 2014

Hope, peace and joy

Sisters turn faith into action

MILLEDGEVILLE — Twin sisters Kanesia “KK” and Waynesia “WyWy” Sherman found their paths of righteous living through their faith and unconditional love of Jesus Christ. The siblings decided to take part in a short mission trip with their church to bring hope, peace and joy to a family in dire need through Casas por Cristo, “Homes because of Christ,” a humanitarian organization that has built homes along the United States and Mexico border since 1993.

“It was a life-changing experience for me because I realized I took things for granted,” WyWy said of their trip to Acuña, Mexico in the summer of 2010. “I was more appreciative of things when I got back home. I’m glad I went over there.”

Along with 18 other members of First Christian Church, what is now Northridge Christian Church, the Shermans helped transform an empty lot into a safe and secure home for a family of four in just five days. The family’s new home consisted of two rooms with a door and window, and no bathroom or kitchen.

“For us, it looks like a shack or storage room, but it’s a home to them. Everyone helped with the foundation, A-frame, flushing the wood and stucco. It was all very emotional,” KK said. “The friends of the family would come out and watch us every day. They even cooked food for us though they don’t have much; they gave what they didn’t have. That experience showed me the meaning of being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ; it was an amazing experience for me.”

Casas por Cristo’s core mission to reach people of Mexico and Guatemala with the love of Jesus Christ. Driven by a desire to provide tangible expressions of God’s love and provision, the ministry creates partnerships among various groups across international borders. To date, Casas has provided more than 4,000 families with homes.

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