LINCOLNTON––Christian Ministry wants you to know it can’t do all it does without your help.
That’s the word from Mitzi Williams, its executive director. Williams spoke recently about how the local charitable organization helps the entire community in often surprising ways, but it remains in need of financial support in order to help the less fortunate.
“Have you ever watched the rippling effect of a boat’s wake on the water––how long it takes the water to become still again?” she rhetorically asked. “A small boat causes big, hard waves; waves that are hard to sit through if you are on a nearby beach. The waves go from loud and crashing to manageable but repetitive. How long this goes on depends on the size of the boat. If you compared a pandemic and war to boats, I wonder what size they would be. I am ready for the ministry’s water to be calm.”
Last year, the ministry spent more than $138,000 in helping people with utilities, rent, medicines, pantry food and LINC Meals delivered to shut-in’s, as Williams informed.
“This year is right on track to do the same, if not more,” she said. “We cannot do it without the support of the community. This year, we have had two fundraisers: the ‘Souper Bowl’ that supports the soup kitchen and the ‘Amazing Race Against Hunger’ that supports LINC Home-Delivered Meals. The events did not have the normal amount of community support and did not raise the financial amount needed.”
How can you help? You can pray, first of all, as Williams urged. Pray for the ministry, its clients, its volunteers and staffers. And you can support the ministry with your time and treasure.
Another upcoming fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13: the ministry’s 27th annual benefit golf tournament.
“Even if you do not play golf, you can support this event,” said Williams. “Dr. Robert Wensil started our annual golf tournament to help support the ministry during the time of year when our donations are low. If you play golf, come on out and support the ministry. If you do not play, sponsor a golf hole for $100 and support the ministry!”
See the Website for details at www.christianministryoflincolncounty.org/golf-tournament.
“Volunteers are always needed,” Williams continued, citing the importance of checking that Website––www.christianministryoflincolncounty.org––for available volunteer opportunities.
She also cited harsh economic realities.
“Raising wages does not help when inflation takes it all away,” she said. “Employment opportunities do not help when you struggle against limited child care, mental and physical disabilities and/or limited education and training. This is all very hard for the average person to navigate. However, for the 10,000 people who live in poverty in our county, this is overwhelming.”
Want to help? Send your e-mails to email@example.com if your donation is in honor or memory of someone, along with the name/address of who to notify.
You may also mail your donations to:
Christian Ministry of Lincoln County
P.O. Box 423
Lincolnton, N.C. 28093.
Located at 207 S. Poplar St. in Lincolnton, Christian Ministry of Lincoln County is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (704) 732-0383 to learn more.