WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - If you drive around downtown Wichita Falls in the early evenings, there are homeless people. Many of us turn our eyes away, but some, step up and work to help up those who are down. One pastor, with the help of her ministry, is working to make a difference for those who are hungry and on the streets.
"We have to be able to help those who need us the most," says Pastor Jennine Peters.
Pastor Peters is not messing around. For the last year she led Fresh Manna Ministries to take on the fight against hunger. They do that every Wednesday night.
"We used to do it Wednesdays and Fridays, but, it was too costly. So, we had to just cut back to Wednesday. When we hand out the food at the food pantry, we also walk the streets and hand out homeless boxes that we call blessing boxes or blessing bags," says Pastor Peters.
She says the population of homeless and hungry continues to grow in Wichita Falls. The Pastor wants to do all she can. But, needs help getting more food in the pantry. Peters is also a disabled veteran of the U.S. Air Force. She has a special place in her heart for those who have served our country, but have fallen on hard times.
"The best thing I can do is just try to help them along the way and give them resources so they can get the help that they need. Get some food in their stomach. Maybe show them how to dress for a job interview," said Pastor Peters.
This pastor leads her congregation each week to follow their faith. However, she says the proof of that faith, is getting outside the four walls of the church.
"Church needs to be out there on the street. Showing people what love truly is, and that they are not forgotten. That they are loved. Showing them what true love is. Not looking down on them. Not asking them why they're homeless. Because all of us are one paycheck away from something," says Pastor Peters.
Fresh Manna Ministries would like to be able to feed more people with a soup kitchen in the ministry.
Pastor Peters needs to commercialize the kitchen. She needs help with the plumbing, and a little bit of contracting to make that happen. The kitchen also needs a commercial refrigerator and freezer. If you can help with any of these things, please give them a call at (940)285-5266. They are on their way, but need a few more things to go there way first.