The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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August 13, 2013

Let there be Hope

Living in a world that sometimes seems to be spiraling out of control, and in an age that is experiencing unparalleled societal problems that threaten our friends, neighbors and loved ones, we cannot afford to become hopeless.

There are still those who dare to believe, those who do not merely mouth the words.

They step up and deliver in service and deed.

Saturday has been designated as a “Day of Hope” in Beckley.

All comers, of all ages and religions, will be served when the Convoy of Hope begins at 10 a.m. at the YMCA of Southern West Virginia’s Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex.

There will be grocery distribution, a bag lunch, refreshments, medical and dental screenings, job placement services, haircutting stations for all members of the family, live entertainment, family portraits and a children’s carnival with several games and inflatables.

All free of charge.

An estimated 750 volunteers from area businesses, churches and community agencies are assisting Convoy of Hope crews in bringing the services to the community. About 35,000 pounds of groceries are expected to be given out.

That’s incredible, and will provide a significant impact for southern West Virginia families.

The Day of Hope was facilitated by John Jordan, pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Beckley. But several more local church congregations are involved.

The uniting of many churches to serve a common cause is another bright spot in this mission that will benefit our local needy.

“This is too big for one church to do,” Jordan says. “It had to be a community effort from both the faith-based and community agencies to make something like this happen.

“It has the opportunity to change the spiritual atmosphere of our community, to see the church come together and lay down our doctrinal differences and denominational banners and say, ‘Hey, let’s work together to show the community that the church as a whole is alive and well and that God really does love people.’”

Attendees will likely go home with a fresh haircut, a full stomach — and a smile, knowing that someone cares.

But our wish is that their hope is indeed restored.

Actions such as this make hope and faith more tangible. Volunteers truly become the “hands and feet of Jesus” and will no doubt be blessed for their efforts.

This is a type of community ministry that will inspire life-changing hope.

In volunteers, organizers and recipients alike.

We wish all involved a great Day of Hope!

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Community leaders and businesses may contact Jordan by phone, 304-252-0717, or e-mail pastor@outoftheboxchurch.org for more information. Also, visit http://beckley.convoyofhope.org or check out “The Convoy Beckley” or “Convoy of Hope” on Facebook.

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