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7/19/2019 12:11:00 AM
As Summer Sizzles, Christian Ministry's Need Go Up
Plus: desperate need for LINC Meals driver

Lincoln Herald Staff
lh@lincolnherald.net


LINCOLNTON, N.C.––As temperatures rise, so do the needs of Christian Ministry.

That’s the word Thursday from executive director Mitzi Williams. Whilst it is true that winter is surely the hardest season for charities and their clients, both physically and fiscally, summer presents its own challenges, as Williams noted.

“The summer always brings families to the ministry,” she said. “Last week, we had a family with five children, all looking for clothes. In the midst of giggles and playing, they found clothes to help them get through summer and into school. The ministry continues to work with different programs, letting people get on-the-job training here so they can be better prepared for the work place.”

Williams also cited a client known only as “John.”



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“We continue to help the elderly,” she said. “John worked his whole life, had a stroke and tried to manage himself. After five years, he went to social services. Because Social Security payments are based on the last five years, he doesn’t receive very much. John wanted to let everyone know how appreciative he is that the ministry is here to help.”

In other news, Williams reminded that the 24th annual Christian Ministry Benefit Golf Tournament is coming up Aug. 17 at the Lincoln Country Club.   

And she recapped the efforts of last month.   

“We were busy in June,” she said.

During that time, Christian Ministry’s emergency services helped 1,705 individuals: 512 families with food; 41 families with utilities/rent; 63 families were given fans; 54 showers were taken; and 211 families were helped with furniture, household items and personal items. The LINC Home Meals program delivered 1,541 meals. And the soup kitchen served 3,393 meals to 2,824 persons. 

“Everyone knows it has been extremely hot,” said Williams. “Can you imagine being the mama needing clothes for her kids or John, a senior citizen, needing food? Or any of the people needing help from emergency services or the soup kitchen? Please pray for the people that rely on the ministry. Pray for the ministry to have the finances and resources to meet those needs and pray for the volunteers and staff that are trying to bring it all together.”

 

LINC Meals driver needed

And Williams said there is a desperate need for a driver for the LINC Meals program that delivers meals to the local elderly and shut-ins.

“Do you have one hour to give to our LINC Meals home delivery program?” she asked. “Call Mimi Rhyne and ask about our LINC home meals program. You will be glad that you did. As we go to volunteer to help those who need our help, we find blessings in our own spirit as well.”

Drivers are needed for the West Lincoln route for the first Wednesday of every month and for the second Boger City route for the second and fourth Thursdays. 

“You will be trained before you start,” said Williams.

Contact Rhyne by telephone at (704) 732-0383, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., or by e-mail at lincmeals@aol.com.

And back-to-school items are needed. These include large backpacks, paper (wide-rule only), glue sticks, composition notebooks (not spiral), two-inch binders and three-by-five index cards.

And Family Dollar in Boger City is having a cookie drive for Christian Ministry. Just drop by the Family Dollar and purchase a package of cookies and place them in their specially prepared cookie bins for the ministry.

Christian Ministry is located at 230 E. Water St. in downtown Lincolnton. Call (704) 732-2691 for more information.


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