BALL/DEVILLE/PINEVILLE – A car wash to raise money to help minister to homeless men, women and families in the Alexandria/Pineville area has been set for Sept. 18 at Advance Auto on Highway 28 E in Pineville.
“Many people don’t know there are a lot of homeless people in Alexandria, some of them living under the bridge,” said Rita Huffman of Kingsville Baptist Church in Ball.
She’s a volunteer at Main Street Mission in Pineville, which interacts regularly with the homeless people who stop in the mission for food, clothing and a caring conversation.
Volunteers from Kingsville minister Tuesday morning at Main Street Mission. Volunteers from First Baptist Pineville do the same on Wednesdays, and they cook a mid-week meal for the church family that the homeless are invited to. (The mission is down the block from the church.)
Volunteers from Philadelphia Baptist Church in Deville ministerThursday mornings.
“The Lord laid this on my heart,” Huffman said. “They [the homeless] talked to me for two hours at the mission.”
Nothing is set in concrete yet, Huffman said, but raising money with a car wash – or car washes if other churches get involved – will let the volunteers know how much money they have to work with.
A photo credit line on page 17 of the Aug. 19 issue was incorrect. It should have said “Submitted photo.”