By Becky Russell
It is called the Helping Hands ministry and is made up of about 85 volunteers. That group gives its time and talents to those who need home repairs but can’t afford them.
The Rev. Jim Taylor, associate pastor, said the ministry fills a need that church members saw within the congregation.
“We had some elderly members who couldn’t afford or couldn’t actually physically do their own home repairs,”
Johnny Beck is chairman of the missions committee. He said he believes the church is fulfilling the words of Jesus: “When you do it unto the least of these, you have done it unto me.”
“The need is not going to be with the millionaire walking down the street, but it is with the one who doesn’t have enough food or clothing or who can’t make repairs on their home,” Beck said. “We as believers are blessed to be saved by faith through the grace of God, and we need to share that with those in need.”
Church member Richard Henley has worked on several projects as a volunteer with the ministry.
“The people at our church are very giving,”
He said the ministry began after Hurricane Katrina as the church mobilized to help clean up debris.
The eventual goal of the church, he said, is to fully equip a portable trailer to take on-site at a moment’s notice.
“If anyone has a home repair need they should call the church office, and then we would come out, assess the project and see what needs to be done from there,”
Beck said the church has run into a problem with people not wanting to admit they need help.
“I would just encourage anyone with a need to swallow their pride and ask,” Beck said, “because that’s what we are here for is to help them, and everyone needs help sometimes.”
This article first appeared in the Feb. 2 issue of the “Rankin Ledger” and is used with permission.