By Pam Robinson.
The Rev. Myers Hyman and his wife, Anna, have a long-standing commitment to helping their neighbors. A South Carolina native, Myers met Anna, a Wyoming native, in 1972, when the two were studying at the Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs. The following June 2, 1973, they were married, and they have been dedicated to Christian ministry ever since.
In Mount Vernon alone, where the Hymans came to lead ministry at First Nazarene Church in 2000, they have fed hundreds of hungry people with hot evening meals since opening At the Cross Mission in 2007. During their ministry, they have sacrificed greatly to meet the needs of others.
Now, with the help of Habitat for Humanity, the Hymans look forward to owning their first home. Habitat will allow them to secure a zero percent interest mortgage, so their monthly house payments are affordable. In addition, the couple will pay for their home with their labor, or “sweat equity,” to help build it.
This past Wednesday afternoon, the Hymans looked on as Habitat for Humanity of Evansville’s Executive Director Lori Reed received a $55,000 check from Countrymark CEO Charlie Smith to fund the building of the new home at the intersection of Maple and Second streets in Mount Vernon. In addition, they lifted shovels with Countrymark officials and Habitat leaders for a symbolic groundbreaking at the site. Construction will begin on the home late summer, 2013, and the Hymans expect to move in between Thanksgiving and Christmas next year.
Until then, they will continue to live in the parsonage next door to First Nazarene Church. Although Myers and Anna are comfortable there, they both agree having a home of their own will be much more satisfying.
“I want to plant flowers and do landscaping that I never have to leave,” Anna comments. “It’ll also be nice to paint the walls any color I want.” Myers adds that his first action in the house will be to “have prayer and thank the Lord for it.”
The couple is deeply moved by the support of the community. “It feels good to have people helping me a little,” Myers says. “Getting help is very unusual for us,” Anna adds. “It is nice.”