A year ago, Kimberly Ann Mullis of Americus, Georgia, was in rough shape. After a routine meniscus repair procedure, she contracted a staph infection, and had to learn to walk all over again. Meanwhile, her home’s ceiling was caving in and the walls were rotting.
Around the same time Kim’s boss and his wife, Steve and Carol Hudson, attended a moving church service. The message was simple: If something makes you angry, maybe God wants you to do something about it. Upon visiting Kim in the wake of her health problems, the couple saw the home for the first time and knew something had to be done.
“You still need to pinch me, I guess. It’s still so new to me.” — Kimberly Mullis
Steve and Carol came up with a unique plan: a pheasant hunt fundraiser. They quickly raised $25,000 and then took Kim to the local Fuller Center to see if she was eligible for a home.
That was about a year ago. Now, Kim is walking about her new home, sometimes with a cane, but beaming with happiness regardless.
“You still need to pinch me, I guess. It’s still so new to me,” Kim said at her home’s dedication on Sunday.
A healthy crowd gathered in the home, largely from First United Methodist Church of Americus, which helped supply labor and finances for the project. Jerry Roe, pastor of the church, led the group in prayer after reading from Joshua 24, ending with the powerful words: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
The volunteers and Kim have grown very close throughout this yearlong process. “I love everybody, and I thank everybody for helping me. I’ve just enjoyed it so much, and if anyone else needs help, I’m here. God is good.”