North Charleston, S.C., is an area riddled with poverty and
crime. Eight students from Mars Hill College used their fall break to make a
difference there, painting a house used in ministry by Metanoia, which means
“pushing forward” or “creating positive change.”
Metanoia addresses needs through a housing program that
helps renters become home owners; an afterschool program that teaches children
to be young leaders and entrepreneurs; and financial education for adults
designed to help them make responsible decisions for themselves and their
families. Mars Hill College Christian Student Movement missions chair Annie
Sutton said this is the third year that students from Mars Hill have gone to
Metanoia over fall break.
According to Metanoia, the increase in home ownership
automatically decreases the crime rate, because home owners “take ownership” of
their community, report crimes, and take steps to keep their neighborhood safe.