Mission on the Hill reaches out, Campers on Mission reaches back

Donna Summerall
Staff Writer

The Mission on the Hill program in West Point worked to provide Christian-based assistance to meet the needs of the Golden Triangle. Recently the Mission received a helping hand from another faith-based organization — this one on wheels.
Mississippi Campers on Mission (MCOM) were in town last week to build a sound booth, a stage and other features for the Mission’s building, located at the old Sara Lee/Bryan Foods packing plant.
Mike Cianci, with the Mission on the Hill, said the project had been the God-inspired dream of Richard “Dickie” Bryan, son of the original Bryan Foods founder. According to the organization’s Facebook page, the Bryan Foods training facility sat vacant for years, and the purchase of the company’s former training facility provided Mission on the Hill with a home in West Point.
"It is a community outreach to minister to the lost and hurting people among us,” Cianci said. “A lot of people have been asking if it’s a church, and the answer is no.”
He said the organization shared the gospel through programs such as Christian-based 12 step program Celebrate Recovery, men’s and women’s discipleship programs, the Conqueror Series for Men and the Hell Fighters Motorcycle Club.
"We want to be a light that shines in the community," Cianci said. "This is all for the glory of God. We are all part of the body of Christ and are going about his business. That's what we're here for. We want to meet the needs of the Golden Triangle area."
He said Mission members had been in the process of preparing the building and property to host events, ministry and fellowship.
"Right now we're working on getting the building ready," Cianci said. "It will soon be a place for faith-based gatherings and events. We are a 501C3 non-profit and we welcome any type of help, be it financial, volunteer work or prayers. Bro. Dickie has a great vision for what this place will be."
Volunteer work was where Mississippi Campers on Mission entered the picture. MCOM, part of a national fellowship of Christian campers of all denominations who share their faith while camping or participating in mission activities, chose the Mission as a project that would benefit from their particular type of service.
Seven retired couples hopped in six campers and headed to West Point to provide a helping hand (or 14 helping hands) to the fledgling Mission.