In Wilson County, many of us are blessed to have a warm home filled with both the necessities of life and a few ammenities that make life better.
For some, however, life has not been as fortunate. And when temperatures dip into the teens and below, these people know the true definition of necessities of life.
That’s when the Compassionate Hands Ministry is needed most, and we couldn’t be more thankful it started in Wilson County.
The newly organized outreach effort consists of members from eight Lebanon churches of varying demoninations. According to John Grant with College Hills Church of Christ, it started last winter with Cross Style Church.
“[Cross Style] was housing several people in their building through the winter months, and one of their members, Andrew Whittico started calling other churches and said, ‘Hey guys, will you help us out?’ So several of us responded to the call,” said Grant.
Seven other Lebanon churches joined Cross Style in the effort, so the churches take turns hosting male guests; Cross Style hosts women and children every night.
Between Cross Style and the seven other churches, the outreach is equipped to handle 12 women and 12 men at any given time, but Grant said they’ve yet to reach that number.
“The most we’ve had is 11, and that was Christmas week, on one of those nights when it was cold and rainy,” said Grant. “Those seven men and four women would’ve been sleeping in their cars or under bridges or who knows where.”
Compassionate Hands has a mission to seek out and aid those who need a helping hand, and we couldn’t be more proud of the work it’s doing in our community.
As temperatures continue to plummet this week, the number of people who seek help from Compassionate Hands will likely rise. The mission would probably benefit from anyone’s help. It can be reached at 615-443-4485.
Even closer to home, there’s probably an elderly neighbor or single mother living close to your home. We urge everyone to reach out and check on our neighbors to make sure they have everything they need during this time of bitterly cold and even life-threatening temperatures.
Just like Compassionate Hands, please make every effort you can to warm a neighbor’s heart.