Local churches seeking to make a difference

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Posted 8/5/22

Eleven churches from Harnett County partnered with seven churches from various parts of the state to make a difference in the lives of others. Churches came together at Silome Original Free Will …

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Eleven churches from Harnett County partnered with seven churches from various parts of the state to make a difference in the lives of others. Churches came together at Silome Original Free Will Baptist Church in Candor to distribute canned goods, nonperishables and clothing to those in the community.

These churches are a part of The Original Cape Fear & Southwestern Free Will Baptist Conference. The theme for the event was “Sharing the Love of Christ.”

During a time of extreme inflation and high gas prices, the goal of this mission effort was to provide assistance to those who might be in need. This event was led by Mission Coordinators Elder Dorothy Hammonds and Minister Shirley King.

The event began in the sanctuary with a workshop conducted by Elder Sandra Whiteside and husband, Elder Tony Whiteside of Silome Church. They spoke on the topic, “Sharing the Love of Christ.”

“This was like a pep rally session and it was indeed challenging and inspiring,” said Bishop Fred Clarida, conference leader.

The group then moved from the sanctuary to the outside and began serving as recipients arrived. In previous years, this annual Mission Day was held at Star of Hope Original Free Will Baptist Church in Sanford. This year the coordinators felt that God was leading them to move to another church in another part of the state. The pastor of Silome Church agreed to be the host for this year’s event.

Elder Sandra Whiteside reminded everyone during her presentation that, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

She further stated, “As Christians, we have an obligation to be a blessing to those in need.”

The theme scripture for the event was John 13:34, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye love one another.”

Mission Coordinator Minister King said, “As Christians, mission is what we do and Christians are always on a mission for the Lord to help others.”

The event was well supported and many members in the community were blessed by the items donated. Elder Odessa Talley, pastor of Silome Original FWB Church, said this even exceeded her greatest imagination and she felt blessed that her church could host the event.

Although Talley had recently been released from the hospital, she was so happy about it, that she almost began shouting for joy.

Not only did the community receive canned goods and clothes, but they also were served free hot dogs and a beverage. And to top things off, they were served snow cones to keep them cool.

The leaders of The Original Cape Fear & Southwestern Conference are: President, Bishop Fred Clarida; Vice President, Bishop Wayne McKoy; and President Emeritus, Bishop Reginald Hinton.

Mission Coordinators Hammonds and King thanked Pastor Talley and Silome Church members for hosting the event. They also thanked all churches that donated canned goods, nonperishables, shoes, clothes and their time to the occasion, as well as pastors, conference members, and the community for coming out and making the event a success.

“But most of all they want to thank God for the love that He daily shows toward them that they may in turn show this same love to others,” Bishop Clarida said in a press release. “Love makes a difference.”

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