October 18, 2013
It often seems as if we see the very same faces involved in doing good for the community — whether it be through fundraising efforts or civic club membership or throwing their hat into the ring for elected positions.
So it is refreshing to see two relatively new faces stepping forward for a noble cause in Elizabethtown.
Jerry Hood and Pastor Dwight Holland are those two faces, and they will bring with them a crowd of other new faces to offer a feeding ministry at Second Chance Community Church on South Poplar Street in Elizabethtown on Sunday morning.
If you want more details, be sure to read Editor W. Curt Vincent’s story on Page 1A of today’s Bladen Journal. But in a nutshell, the two men have combined forces to bring a hot meal and God’s word to those who may need one or both.
The spiritual and physical feeding is being brought to Elizabethtown because Hood and Holland have been told of and seen for themselves the growing need for it.
Each of the men have emphasized that the feeding ministry is not only for those who may find themselves homeless. Although there are enough of those to fill a number of Second Chance Community Church’s breakfast tables on Sunday, the effort hopes to reach much deeper into the Elizabethtown community — to those who are simply in need.
It’s been said that it takes a community to raise a child, but it also takes neighbor helping neighbor, brothers helping brothers and Christians helping anyone in need. What Hood and Holland will be doing in Elizabethtown starting Sunday — an effort they have already been doing in Bladenboro, Clinton and Fayetteville — is exactly the kind of caring and compassionate effort that should be embraced.
We hope those who are in any kind of need will come to Second Chance Community Church on Sunday at about 9 a.m. We feel sure they will receive not only a good meal and God’s word, but also a deeper blessing.
We also hope others in the community will find ways to assist Hood and Holland — either by volunteering their time or by donating to the effort — or perhaps even look for ways to start their own community program to help those in need.
It’s never too late to begin, and the time couldn’t be better than now.