Photo by Elaine Rackley: H3 Ministry volunteers from seven churches served and delivered meals to the homeless, Friday, at McDonough First United Methodist Church. The free meals consisted of Salisbury steak, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, a dessert, and tea.
An alliance of local churches, the H3 Ministry, has come together to feed and minister to the homeless in the area.
H3 Ministry is an acronym for Help, Healing, and Hope. Its sponsor is the Missions Ministry of McDonough First United Methodist Church, which is in partnership with Helping In His Name Food Pantry.
Also a part of the H3 ministry are six other local churches, said Rev. Mike Broome, Associate Pastor of McDonough First UMC Church. They are: Wesley Chapel UMC, Salem Baptist, South Point Presbyterian PCA, Southern Crescent Baptist, Momentum Church, and Tabernacle of Praise.
The most recent feeding was on Friday, Dec. 9, at McDonough First United Methodist Church.
Broome said the ministry was formed in the spring of 2011, “to become the hands and feet of Christ.” It has served more than 2,000 people since it began in June, said Broome.
Dozens of volunteers came out recently to minister to the homeless.
“When I heard about this ministry, I signed up as soon as I could,” said Yvette Smalls, a volunteer from Wesley Chapel UMC. “I believe in giving and helping in the community.”
Steve Williams, a member at South Point Presbyterian Church, said he enjoys doing God’s work by serving the people in Henry County. Theo Shepard, of Wesley Chapel UMC, added that she enjoys helping people when there is a legitimate need.
Jim Smith, of First McDonough UMC, serves as the facility supervisor for H3 Ministry. He has volunteered since the inception of the initiative. “This is what the Lord sent us here to do,” said Smith.
During the feeding at McDonough First United Methodist Church, volunteers not only prepared food to be served, they delivered meals to homeless people reportedly living under bridges, and in the woods of Henry County. All of those in attendance were treated as, and referred to, as guests.
Volunteers declared themselves hostesses, and one volunteer served as the maitre’d. As in many upscale restaurants, the names of those attending were placed on a guest list, and they were called to be seated.
“When our churches first began discussing this ministry, each of us was involved in different ministries, some on the streets of Atlanta, and others right in our community,” said Broome. “We began looking at ways that the body of Christ could truly come together and serve those in need, right in our own backyard.
One of the guests of H3 Ministry on Friday, was Larry Wyatt, who was joined by his family members for the free meal. He said he felt the love of Christ during the dinner, as one of the volunteers prayed with him.
“It felt like God’s spirit was in this place,” said Wyatt. “It was like God just came and stood beside me and talked with me. That lifted my spirit.”
For more information about H3 Ministry, or to volunteer, call Rev. Mike Broome at (770) 957-4150, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.