Anyone who doubts the power of prayer likely hasn’t talked to Rosie Woods.
She lifted her pleas for over six months for a new home, daily at its site – the same lot her former, cherished home sat – across from the railroad tracks east of State Highway 5 in McKinney.
And her prayers were seemingly answered: She moved into the free new home Tuesday.
“Happy,” Woods, 70, told a small group there to commemorate the occasion Sunday. “I’m just happy.”
She proclaimed, “You’ve just got to believe.”
Out with the old and decrepit – she and her family lived in the previous house for over 40 years before it became uninhabitable – and in with the New Summit Homes-built residence.
Its foundation is in the hearts and pocketbooks of her neighbors.
Individuals, nonprofits and businesses contributed funds and constant support. Woods, technically homeless, stayed contently at The Samaritan Inn homeless shelter just up the road. It was a temporary fix to a permanent solution.
About 30 volunteers and supporters wrote relevant scriptures within the walls of the new home. Woods’ son, Craig Lewis, who did everything he could to keep up his childhood home before its demise, agreed with his mother throughout the project: “We’re going to pray and believe,” he said Sunday, overwhelmed by the new house and his longtime McKinney community.
“Faith without works is dead,” he explained. Such works, though, rested on continued prayer.
A sign welcomed Woods to her brand-new living space. Matt Hilton, a board member for North Collin County Habitat for Humanity, talked of the thousands of dollars raised online for its completion – through a GoFundMe account and by NCC Habitat.
“It feels amazing,” said Hilton, who sparked and oversaw the project. He strongly nodded in agreement as Woods professed her gratitude, her hand ever over her Bible.
Two bedrooms, an expansive living room and kitchen fills the home like it was never gone. Woods laughed and thanked fellow McKinneyites of all ages and backgrounds.
Her true gratitude never wavered, and neither should her home.
“Prayer works,” she said, over and over again.