Mercy MinistryThe Mercy Ministry of Pinewood has fast become, through God's Grace, a growing, dynamic force. We are able to assist financially, with food products and in other ways, not only the members and congregation of Pinewood who have occasional special needs, but also those with needs from our community. We strive to have a people that attempt great things for God and are actively pursuing the mission of Pinewood ---- Obeying the Great Commission.
It is the vision of the Mercy Ministry, through our "Community Assistance Program," to make a great impact in the Clay County Community. Through our faith in our Heavenly Father and the generous donations from our congregation, we have been able to make such an impact.
With our Financial Assistance, Food Pantry and other programs and services, we have been able to meet many of the needs of the disabled, the poor, the physically and mentally ill, the homeless, the jobless and the underemployed of Clay County. We have been blessed to be able to assist our community neighbors with food, shelter, counseling and financial support, and to give them the emotional and spiritual guidance they so desperately need. We not only want to "give them fish," but want to "teach them how to fish," thereby helping to build their self-esteem which is a most wonderful motivator.
Our intent is to help those in need while not creating dependency. Therefore, we must assess needs in our community and individuals and families. The challenge we face is distinguishing between those that are truly in need and those that would take advantage of what we have to offer. Obviously, we trust in the Lord to direct us and must be willing to err in favor of mercy, knowing that our clients may not be the world's most beautiful appearing persons, but that their souls are beautiful in the sight of God and that it is "His" commandment that we love them and help them in their times of need.
- CAT BOWDEN
Mercy Ministry Director,
Missionary to Clay County
272-7177 x 5527