Ms. McIntosh moved from Pittsburgh, PA to a small 1940s home in rural Notasulga, AL with her adult son a few years ago to care for her ailing father. When he passed away, Ms. McIntosh inherited the house and began making it her home. We had the pleasure of meeting Ms. McIntosh in the spring of 2016. A few months later, one of our youth mission camp teams began serving with her to begin addressing the array of challenges: dangerous electrical wiring, drafty windows, no attic insulation, old carpets full of dust, and broken cabinets in the kitchen to name a few. After several teams of volunteers and special grant funding through the USDA that allowed us to re-wire her entire home, we were very excited to finish up repairs with Ms. McIntosh just a few weeks ago!
What does this mean to Ms. McIntosh? One of her dreams is to become a foster parent. She feels especially called to caring for infants and young children who come from families of drug abuse. Now that her home is safer, warmer, and dryer, she is one step closer to welcoming children into her home and extending God’s love with them. It’s been an honor for us to be a part of this journey with her.
We have loved getting to know Ms. McIntosh over the past few months. We’ve heard about her love for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Panthers, and how she used to bake dozens and dozens of cookies to motivate and encourage high school students that others had given up on. And, yes, we’ve tried her cookies first-hand and they are delicious! She is a joyful, strong woman who has taught us a lot about trusting God. We can’t wait to see how God will continue to work in her life and use her to nurture and care for children who desperately need a loving home.
So, today, we ride for Ms. McIntosh – not just for new windows, insulation, and kitchen cabinets – but for a sweet home that is filled with God’s love and compassion, where dreams are built and hope is restored. Donate now to help us reach our goal of $25,000 for our friends like Ms. McIntosh.