Building on the ministry: Living Manna Church

Living Manna Church will offer space for a Community Clothing Distribution at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.
Staff Writer

Rev. R.H. Brown was approached by some of the ladies in his church to have a community yard sale. The idea to have people pay $5 to set up a table or booth on the property and sell items and keep the proceeds was one he had to take under consideration.

"I didn't really like the idea at first," Brown said. "But the more research I did, I thought it would be a good ministry. It will be an extension of our food pantry."

The event is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Living Manna Church across from the West Point High School student parking lot.

Brown said many residents in the Golden Triangle cannot always afford to purchase new, name brand clothing. For many experiencing the economic pinch, yard sale items are an affordable alternative.

"This is not just for our church members," Josetta Jefferson, one of those who presented the idea to the pastor, said. "We want anyone who wants to, to come and set up a table. They pay us $5 and they keep what they make. We are going to get the necessary permit from City Hall. If it goes well, we plan to offer the space once a month."

Brown said when speaking of end times and the need to be good and faithful servants, Jesus commanded his followers to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and show compassion for the imprisoned.

"Even though we have less than 50 active members, we still provide food for the needy," Brown said. "I went to bed hungry as a child. I have a deep compassion for people and children who don't know if they will eat today. That's why we started our church's food pantry in 1995. The clothing distribution is a perfect extension of that ministry. We are to be servants to one another."

It is the perfect opportunity to clean out closets and drawers of those items that have been outgrown or will never be worn. They may be something someone else can put to good use. Babies and children outgrow clothes and toys quickly. Such things may be what someone else needs. Those participating keep the proceeds of what they sell.