Waiting List Recipient Gives House Away

By LaKecia Shockley - bio | email
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KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - For Stephanie Cook of Kilgore, receiving her first home is a dream and prayer that came true.

"Getting a house symbolizes love, family and friends, and faithfulness in God. That's what it symbolizes," said Cook.

Stephanie went from living in a travel trailer to a brand new Habitat for Humanity House built by an all female crew.

"We had 10 to 15 different women that were coming over to help build. We had the ladies that work with Habitat for Humanity and they were so smart.  I learned how to use a nail gun. I learned how to build a wall. I mean, you build a wall laying on the ground! I didn't know that," Cook said. "I've learned a lot actually through the process."

Building a house isn't the only thing that Stephanie has learned. She's learned about the unselfishness of giving.

She had been on the waiting list to receive a habitat house, but another woman was ahead of her to receive the home first. That woman is Tammy Moore. Moore offered Stephanie a surprising gift, that she says God told her to offer.

"God revealed and told me to give my spot up and give it to Stephanie. Of course, I knew immediately why. Travel trailers are very small, so it made perfect sense. I have 100% peace about the decision to give up my spot," said Moore.

"When Tammy came and said that to me, it just bought back the whole process, the prayers, the tears, all of it just flooded back," said Cook.

While Stephanie enjoys her new home, Tammy still has faith that her home dedication day is on the way.

"I was obedient, doing what God told me to do. It may not make any sense, you may not see the blessing for two years later, but God obviously has a different house in store for me. I don't know where, but I'm waiting," said Moore.

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