Every man, woman and child needs a place to go where they can feel safe, comfortable and enjoy a nutritious meal – this is Gloria Wall’s perspective about the work being done at Main Street Mission in Pineville.
Gloria is one of many people who are part of the “Adults on Mission” group at Emmanuel. On the first Tuesday of every month the group works at Main Street Mission from 9 a.m. to Noon. They provide and serve lunch in addition to helping with other activities to serve the homeless in our area.
Clothes, shoes, hygiene items, emergency food packs and weekend snack bags are some of the other services provided at Main Street Mission.
Debbie Dollar is proud our church is a part of the ministry because it’s a hands-on local ministry. “The fact that we’re not just feeding them, but helping them find resources to meet their needs,” Debbie said is what makes her “proud to be a part of that puzzle and ministry team to make it happen.”
Debbie is also excited about this project because it’s something her husband can do as well since he’s retired. It’s important to Debbie’s husband, Johnny, because he feels that he’s being a part of Emmanuel and its mission by being involved in such church activities. “Actually seeing the people that we are helping is a blessing,” Johnny said.
“All of the people who come into the Main Street Baptist Mission from 9-12 daily know that they will be treated with love and respect,” Gloria said. She feels those who come into the mission need a place where they can go for their families and friends and give thanks to God for their many blessings.
From serving lunch or coffee at the mission, to organizing clothes and hygiene or food kits, Emmanuel’s Adults on Mission seem to be getting back just as much as they are giving to others.
Gloria said, “Whether they are homeless, poor, unemployed, suffering from alcohol or drug addiction, they are all God’s children and worthy of HIS love! They experience a feeling of Hope” coming here, Gloria said. For her and many others “it is a wonderful feeling to know that I can make a difference in these fragile lives!”