Ministry gives to rural Selma

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 22, 2005

Special to the times-Journal

Oprah Winfrey said, “If everyone do what they can do, the world will be much better.”

Recently, rural Selma’s River Road and the encircling community received food boxes filled with essential staples and other goodies.

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The mission workers said they are just doing what they can do.

Local minister, Dr. Lee Lawson, canvassed the rural areas, met with several citizens and discussed their immediate dire needs.

Preachers from several churches were asked to provide names of members in need of food.

Minister Willie Johnson coordinated and assisted with the various deliveries.

Selma’s inmates also received “blessing bags” filled with essentials and inspirational books.

The good will ministry and the mission touched 20 lives!

Chief Harold Couch and wife Mary Day of the Tennessee Coalition of Willing Workers ministry sponsored the benevolent project.

Their mission provides preservation and restoration of faith-based properties, and instills hope and encouragement to help improve the lives of the citizens.

Employees from two federal agencies gave donations to the Couch Family’s mission.

The Nashville HUD Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Montgomery, Alabama:

Ed Phillips, Multifamily Housing Director, and Bertha Moore, Paralegal Specialist, respectively.

Mary Day, a Selma native, said, “The Lord does not call the equipped. He equips those He calls!”

Day said she is happy to be able to give back to the community where she was raised in unity and love.

“During the time when I grew up, the community bind together to help raise the children.

Nowadays, we have a breakdown in the family and community units.

My husband and the Coalition just want to do what we can do, as long as we can do it,”

Day said.

The many recipients of the food boxes responded with joy, thanksgiving kisses and hugs.

Ministers Lawson and Johnson, Chief and Mrs. Couch were very pleased with the results of their small donation to help spread joy during this on-going season of peace.