Pascagoula church offers love and help to homeless

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - By Patrice Clark – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Benjamin Wood pastors Worship Center in Pascagoula. He said he's is very concerned with his members spiritual and financial growth. But he also has a big heart for folks struggling outside the church's four walls.

"The hungry, those in prison and the ones that are neglected and have no voice."

To help the needy in Jackson County, Wood and church member Tee McCovey decided to turn their fellowship hall into a help center. They launched the Kingdom Come Ministries.

"If we can bring someone out of an abandoned car, out of the woods and clean them up and put them on clean clothes, we have done the mission work."

Inside the new center, there's state of the art kitchen and dining area to feed the hungry a hot meal.

"What we do, Patrice, is we have folks sit down, and we actually have people to go and bring their food, ya know. One of the characteristics of Jesus is he came to serve," McCovey said.

There are also four spacious showers inside the center.

"We provide soap, towels, shampoo, lotions and anything a person needs," McCovey said.

Folks can also wash and dry loads of clothes for no charge. Local Johnny Middleton cleaned his clothes after church service, Sunday.

Middleton said he's blessed to have this help because he's out of work.

"When I don't have a job and when I don't have what I need, this place fills in the gap for me," Middleton said.

Worship Center church members said they plan raise a lot more money to fill that gap.

"What we are looking at as fundraising efforts is to get an 18 passenger van, so we can go and pickup the homeless and bring them here," McCovey said.

Thy Kingdom Come Ministries also offers free drug and alcohol addiction meetings for those in need. For more information about this ministry or to donate, call (228) 627-3597.

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