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Making a difference in 'organized chaos'

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Trudy McFarland shares a hug. Trudy McFarland shares a hug.
"We encourage people to get their faith dirty," says Jeff McFarland. "We encourage people to get their faith dirty," says Jeff McFarland.
13-year-old Courtney Surls says he used to fight in the neighborhood but not anymore. 13-year-old Courtney Surls says he used to fight in the neighborhood but not anymore.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - In a Montgomery home on South Court Street, there is what you might call organized chaos. Active children in and out of the house and making themselves at home but homeowners Jeff and Trudy McFarland wouldn't have it any other way.

"We encourage people to get their faith dirty," said Jeff McFarland.

In other words, live out your faith, something the McFarlands say they initially did when they started TREC Ministries in India 5 years ago.

"In Calcutta alone, 1.2 million people are homeless on the streets everyday," said McFarland.

And they tell us TREC stands for teach, reach, equip and comfort.

"We built churches, orphanages, took medical teams in that area of the world," said McFarland.

And then Jeff McFarland says he got 'orders' from on high to bring it home.

"The Lord said to me 'I want you to do what you did overseas in Montgomery," McFarland said.

"I wash their clothes," said Trudy McFarland.

By choice the McFarlands have chosen to adopt a simplistic lifestyle and focus on the needs of those who are hurting. They sold their home in east Montgomery. Jeff gave up his job and moved to a wooden white house on South Court Street. The garage is full of used donated clothes, primarily for children.

"It's more about being used here," said Jeff McFarland.

And this is where children like 13-year old Courtney Surls say they found a friend. Courtney says he used to fight in the neighborhood but not anymore.

"Jeff and Trudy are good people to talk to. They help people," said Surls.

Help people anyway they can. Whether it's with homework, handing out some much needed clothes or providing a drink. The McFarlands say all the clothes and money are donated from individuals and churches from three states.

No doubt a leap of faith but one that's been challenging. In fact, just the other night:

"I heard 9 gunshots. I looked at my wife and she was sound asleep and I rolled back over and went back to sleep," said McFarland.

Still:

"I don't think we gave up anything and I have never felt more at home than I do now," said McFarland.

At home and making a difference.

That leap of faith seems to be paying off so far. The McFarlands say they got their new home on South Court Street for $30,000 less than the initial asking price.

Email Bryan Henry at bhenry@wsfa.com if you know of someone who is making a difference in their community.

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