Local Church Outreach 2020
White Wing Messenger|January 2021
As the coronavirus made headlines near the beginning of 2020, I heard an amazing message of compassion and care concerning early Christians running into the plague to minister with kindness to make a difference in the lives of those who were sick and dying. They were willing to move to ministry, even when it threatened their own lives. The message contained a powerful illustration of how those of us who follow the teachings of Christ respond in counter-culture ways to minister to those who are suffering and in need.
DR. CATHY PAYNE

Over the past few weeks, I have had the privilege to speak to several pastors and ministers who have led ministries that continue to reach out to their communities with hope, needed supplies, and prayer connections.

The All Nations Church in Newport News, Virginia has been leading an amazing outreach to downtown Newport News for most of this year. It began on Sunday mornings, where the church bus would transport those in need from downtown to the church campus, providing a hot breakfast, medical resources, showers, food pantry items, and haircuts, as well as the opportunity to be a part of the Sunday morning service. Brother Phil Barker shared that the outreach Sunday ministry was continued on Tuesday as the local church provided a hot meal in downtown Newport News where people could walk up for food, as well as encouragement and prayer. As COVID-19 mandates forced a change to protocol, the outreach team continued with the Tuesday ministry as it was and transitioned the Sunday ministry to the downtown area, providing a hot breakfast meal, as well as providing clothing, needed supplies, hygiene handouts, and canned food.

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