This summer begins the 20th year that Pastor Bruce and Smyrna Assembly/Springhouse Worship & Arts Center have been ministering to the community of Wherry Housing.
It started with a God calling on Pastor Bruce's heart to remodel a building in the community to set up for homeless men to get back on their feet and be ministered to during that time to establish them in their faith and help them reestablish themselves in society.
Now, 19 years later, this outreach has become Community Servants and hosts several ministries to widows and widowers, adult education, a children's learning center, parenting classes, an intern program for young people to learn servant leadership and ministry for missions among many other services provided. In the process for the last 13 years, John Key is now administrator for Community Servants on the day-to-day operations.
The Community Servants/Wherry Housing Outreach has incorporated many youth groups, college students and church and civic groups over the years to demo, remodel and rebuild many of the units that are now part of the ministry for dormitory housing, cooking and dining as well as warehouse facilities for the various tools and equipment used in the process of ministry.
There are various ways to be involved at Wherry Housing. Along with the groups that come and work on weekly basis throughout the summer, there is also the 4th Saturday Workday at Wherry which incorporates many area churches who have folks come and volunteers their efforts from 8am-Noon.
As the picture displays, more than physical labors of love take place at Wherry. It started out and continues to be driven by this sole motive: Love God, Love People, Serve Others. The main purpose and desire of the ministry at Wherry and it's servant leaders is to continually point people regardless of where they are in this life, towards Christ and to extend the Love of God to them through acts of service and personal ministry. The groups that come to Wherry year after year to serve come with humble spirits and willing hearts to serve the people of the community, but more importantly they come to love on the people and to pray with and for them and to bless them.
This group of young people seen here are praying for a young mother at Wherry and they not only prayed for her, they blessed her with a card and financially with a gift card to help with expenses for her child.
What started with a small act of obedience to restore a building to minister to homeless men has, like the mustard seed, grown into a large tree to offer leaves of healing and ministry to a whole community of people. I encourage you to come out one 4th Saturday from 8am till Noon and see first hand what the hands and feet of God look like in action at Wherry Housing…there's ALWAYS room for one more.
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