Vancleave church prays for hope in tough economy

By Patrice Clark- bio | email

VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - The crippled economy has one Vancleave church struggling to keep its doors open. Bible-Way Ministry members say financial donations have dried up and they can't continue to run the church or mission center.

"If we don't get the money, the church doors and the mission doors will close," Pastor William Day said.

Day said it saddens him that the lack of donations could stop Bible Way Ministries from being a shining light in the Vancleave area.  The money problem also troubles church member Timothy Delancey.

"We are at the end of our ropes," Delancey said.

The men said the church is constantly giving to those in need, but it's not receiving enough financial assistance from the congregation or citizens to continue.  They said the church's buildings are in pretty bad shape, some were even damaged by Hurricane Katrina. They also said the bills are piling up.

"The economy plays a big part of it because people are afraid to let go of their money," Day said.

Delancey said he doesn't want to see the church close because the teachings and outreach program have touched so many lives.

"We take in homeless people that have no other place to go," Delancey said. "We have helped many families that have just been in desperate need. We have even helped the people who have come here after Katrina."

Church members are praying for help to continue providing love and support in the community.

"If we turn our backs, where would they go?"

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