New Home, New Hope

Living Free Ministries founder Tommy Wilson stands near the future home of Living Free’s first residential drug recovery home.

The future is brighter than ever.

“A lot of people have prayed a lot about this ... and it looks like the dream is coming true,” said Living Free Ministries founder Tommy Wilson, who hopes to finally open a residential drug recovery home next year in Alcorn County.

Wilson said Living Free is in the beginning stages of purchasing a building that at first will house 12 men looking to change their life for the better.

“We have found a 4,000-square-foot building with three acres of land for $105,000 that we want to turn into a residential home,” said Wilson. “We hope to close on the property in February giving us enough time to raise funds needed to make the purchase and make some needed repairs.”

Located off Highway 72 in the former Corinth Adventist School and near Crossroads Motor Speedway, the building needs some work.

“It needs a new roof and there are some other structural issues,” he said. “We will also have to remodel the interior, add some bunk areas and make some other changes.”

Fundraising for the project will get a needed jumpstart next week when Living Free hosts their annual Night of Hope. The hope is to raise $150,000.

The event offers a night of reflection for Wilson to share with friends, family and supporters what has happened at the ministry during the past year ... and what a year it has been.

“COVID has changed everything in our lives,” said Wilson. “We have had to change a few things around Living Free this year to stay safe and keep helping people. One thing that hasn’t changed is our message that there is always hope in Jesus Christ.”

That message will be heard loud and clear on Thursday night at 6 p.m. during the fourth annual Night of Hope held at Living Free’s U.S. Highway 72 location behind Magnolia Funeral Home.

Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Joseph Pratt, who serves as the associate pastor at Grace Chapel in Pickwick, the night will also host music and prayer by the Grace Chapel band and Chewalla Baptist Church will provide a to-go Thanksgiving-style meal.

While battling through the necessary guidelines of the pandemic, Living Free has continued to offer meetings and meals throughout the year to help people with life controlling issues find freedom, healing and deliverance in Jesus Christ. Through small groups, Living Free offers new approaches to life using the Word of God, the Spirit of God and the People of God. Living Free is often the starting point for people who need long-term care. Whether by meeting physical needs or spiritual needs, Living Free has helped thousands of people in the North Mississippi and West Tennessee area.

“We love what we get to do every day, and it is the giving from the community that allows us to help so many who are in need. God has truly blessed us for 16 years now, and we are so thankful,” said Wilson.

“God has used so many in the community to provide a way for the hurting to get help.”

To donate to Living Free Ministries, visit living freecorinth.com or contact Wilson at 662-603-9829.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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