PROJECT - FOR THE 1
For the 1 is a project that seeks to create a safe and loving home environment for victims of sex trafficking or domestic abuse. For the 1 provides Refuge, Rest and Recovery to the Broken Weary and Oppressed. Mary's House, currently under construction, will be the first safe house in what we hope to be a chain of safe houses (God willing) in the future.
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won't he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? For the 1 - Luke 15:4
WHO IS MARY?
The Douds were in Boston visiting Robert’s family. While there, they decided to take a detour through New York City as Pam had never been. To get to and around the city they elected to take the train from NJ to the city. Prior to heading into town they had been praying that the Lord would give them someone specific to minster too.
Once they arrived at Penn Station they were trying to find their train as the station was extremely busy. They stepped into a stairwell and on the landing was a lady who appeared to be homeless. She was dirty, had soiled herself and was passed out in the middle of the landing while people simply stepped over her. Pam, seeing her there, was taken back and asked Robert what to do? Robert looked at her and responded, “This is real here”. They then stepped over her and went on.
For the rest of the day, as the Douds wandered about NYC, neither one of them could stop thinking about the unconscious woman. At the end of the day, as they headed back home to Tennessee God was speaking. He was convicting them to realize that the very person they had prayed for Him to put in their path had literally been placed in front of them, but they had stepped over and ignored her. The irony of their prayer and the failure to see it answered increased the more they discussed it to the point that they debated turning around to go find the unknown women. A couple hours into the conversation Brother Robert began calling the woman Mary in place of "that lady". Once home they promised themselves to never step over another Mary. In honoring and representing this mentality, Mary’s House received its name.