“Many of us have experienced the process of a loved one’s burial,” she continued. “It is a time filled with emotions. It’s also a time of numerous decisions being made quickly. The simple act of picking a funeral home, making a phone call or signing papers can be overwhelming. What if you did not have any financial resources to pay for anything? What if you didn’t understand all the steps involved. What would you do?”
Rhetorical questions indeed worth mulling over.
To this end, Williams cited the words of Christ related in the Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 25, verse 40:
“Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.”
“God puts people in our paths for a reason,” said Williams. “Look for them.”
In other news, the ministry continues to need items for its Easter baskets, which it will start giving out this month. Easter basket bags are available at the Dollar General and Dollar Tree stores. Baskets, eggs and grass the ministry has already, so Williams asks donors not to give those items. But much candy is needed, as are small toys as well.
Williams also talked about 2019 thus far.
“Our year has gotten off to a great start!” she observed. “We had our annual meeting, where we shared what is going on in all the different ministry areas. If you did not get an ‘Annual Book of Reports,’ you can come by the ministry or go on to our Website (www.christianministryoflincolncounty.org) and download a copy. Speaking of the Website, we try to keep it as up to date as possible, listing our fundraisers, our food needs and volunteer needs.
“This past month brought up the question of what our clients would do if they could not get their SNAP benefits, due to a government shutdown,” she added. “Because God has blessed our donors, and they bless us, we would have been able to give clients the equal dollar amount of food that they would have missed.”
And of course, spring is right around the corner.
“That means sprucing up around the ministry!” said Williams. “We are looking for volunteer painters. If you have a group that can help out, just call Richard (at the ministry), and let him know. Remember to plan ahead if you want a group to volunteer or tour the ministry. Just give us a call, and we will put you on the calendar.”
Williams also shared the most up-to-date stats for the ministry so far this year. Its emergency services helped 1,786 individuals/658 families with food; 99 families with utilities; 79 families with household items; 12 individuals with laundry; 29 individuals with showers; and 17 individuals with blankets. The LINC Home-Delivered Meals program took 1,424 meals out to local shut-ins, and the soup kitchen served 3,349 meals.
“The ministry is touching lives in a powerful, meaningful way,” she said. “Thank you so much for the continued support!”
Christian Ministry is located at 230 E. Water St. in downtown Lincolnton. Call (704) 732-2691 for more information.
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