by Lisa Tome
Providence Seventh Day Adventist is a small church doing big things.
About a year ago, the Women's Ministries Group from Providence Seventh Day Adventist Church, renewed their effort help more in their own community.
Joyce Barber, a member of the group, explained that about a dozen women in the church set goals of doing more locally to fill needs in the area. "We're trying to give back and do outreach," said Barber.
One of the first projects was comfort bags for children being removed from their homes. Those comfort bags included throw blankets, stuffed animals, activity books, and personal care items. During the winter months the ministry made care packs for the homeless. Church members carried the packs with them, distributing those to anyone in need they met. Those packets contained socks, gloves, hats, and hygiene items.
Other homeless bags were donated to the Paris Foundation for distribution.
The ministry also got involved providing bras and underwear to flood victims in Texas.
"This gives us a feeling of completeness, wholeness that's one thing. But we also want to show them a better life after what God did for us," said Barber. "Prayer is important. But taking care of people in need that is important too."
In their most recent effort, the Women's Ministry members teamed up with police and the Child Advocacy Center. The ministry gave care packs for victims of human trafficking.
According to Marion Gill, Child Protective Services Supervisor at Cecil's Child Advocacy Center, the donation from the group is timely. In July 2017, the CAC formed a Human Trafficking Task Force. There isn't a budget for that particular area of helping. "We appreciate this greatly. We appreciate any and all contributions," said Gill. She explained that CAC workers are dealing with an increased number of victims of human trafficking. They held a hot wing fundraiser earlier this year in order to fund some needs for victims.
The Women's Ministry Group provided care kits for trafficking victims. These packets contain feminine and personal hygiene items, snacks, hair accessories and more.
Local police chipped in, providing gift cards for each packet. Adam Streight from FOP Lodge #2 said it's important to support both the church's effort and the trafficking victims.
"I'm not sure what we'll do next," said Barber. Every meeting that we have we are planning outreach projects."