The name of the church reflects one of its ministries, and New Hope Presbyterian Church members are doing what they can to bring new hope to those in need.
Church member Sally Johnson said she feels the survival bags she and other members give out to the homeless in Wichita Falls reflect their faith.
About twice a year items like crackers, canned meat, toothpaste, water, plus a paper with contact info for shelters and other support are packed. Then, Johnson and others go out into the city and give out the bags to whoever is in need.
“They are the most gracious, thankful people. Sometimes they’ll say: ‘Let’s pray together,’ which we do. They’ll tell us; ‘God bless you.’ They are truly wonderful people,” Johnson said.
Like Johnson, Leslie Adkins is one of the congregation members who help pack and hand out the survival bags. She’s been worshipping with church members of the former Fain Presbyterian for 14 years. She said participating in this ministry not only leaves a lasting impact on those she meets but also Adkins herself.
“It’s made me very appreciative of God’s grace to me and that I really better share because that’s what I’m supposed to be doing. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” Adkins said.
Heart speaking unto heart, sharing that treasure and love, which these individuals said they’re called to do.
Johnson said they’ve received permission and support from Wichita Falls Police for this ministry to happen.
The church also has a mobile food ministry where they deliver sandwiches to the homeless once a month. To donate or help with these ministries, contact the church by calling 940-767-2527 or at their location on 2201 Speedway Ave.