Editor's note: This is bonus online coverage to supplement the November 2009 cover story in Christianity Today magazine, "Songs of Justice, Missions of Mercy," a feature about Christian artists actively involved in the work of social justice.
Yvonda Nixon says Third Day may have saved her son's life.
Seven years ago, Nixon, a single mom, was living with her four children in what she calls "the projects" of Nashville. "It wasn't safe," she says. "People were getting shot in front of our home. There were drug needles in the yard. And I think my oldest son [then 17] was ready to join a gang."
In 2003, Third Day—and Habitat for Humanity—intervened, building Nixon and her family a new home in a better part of town. The popular Christian rock band not only subsidized the home (for $50,000), but provided much of the labor to help build it.
"I thank God for Third Day," says Nixon. "If we hadn't moved, I don't know how many of my children would still be alive today."
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