Biloxi Church Grows Despite Adversity

The Gulf Coast Rescue Mission's Thrift store was gutted by fire on July 7, 2006, but Mission workers and members of Edgewater Christian Fellowship Church teamed up to re-open the store and make money for the men the mission helps. And despite the flames that engulfed the building, this church and the mission have managed to rise above the ashes.

"They've basically marched through a lot of stuff and kept the ministry, so it's a really good showing of how God is still using the Mission to impact people's lives," Adam Cheek said.

Adam Cheek played bass at Edgewater Christian Fellowship Church Sunday morning, and the Ocean Springs native is setting the stage for a new youth program at the church. It's a calling he says he heard loud and clear.

"Actually, I ended up going to volunteer at the mission. I was a youth pastor at a church in Ocean Springs, and they had a need for a youth pastor. So, things sort of just worked out," Cheek said.

The services will begin this week and will be held every Thursday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the church. The program is open to 7th to 12th graders and college students in their first two years. Cheek says the new program will be hip and contemporary.

"We're going to have video games, we're going to have ping pong tables, free food. We're going to have kind of like a hang out living room area with music videos going, but that's all it's going to be, fun stuff to have. In addition to that we're going to have some music and then a teaching that just encourages young people to know about God's love," Cheek said.

The Church and Mission are located on Mission Lane, just off of DeBuys Road in Biloxi.