In the fall of 2015, Kyong and Larry Weathersby began a new welfare ministry at 1200 Reeves Ave, Mena, Arkansas and now celebrate their first anniversary. Despite a lack of resources, God impressed upon them to step out in faith.
One morning as Kyong was praying to the Lord, she mentioned that they needed at least $3,000.00 in startup funds. She had posted their plans for the new ministry on Facebook. That very morning, friends on Facebook started sending donations. A few days later, they received a donation for $5,200.00. “Praise the Lord,” said Weathersby. It really strengthened their faith in God.
The Weathersbys looked for a building that would meet their needs. By the grace of God, they found a building with 2,100 square feet in Mena, Arkansas. This building has central heat and air, and included a 15-passenger van, which they are using to transport groceries. The Weathersbys purchased the building for $40,000. God brought seven staff members who dug in and helped renovate the building and give it fresh paint, inside and out. They ordered groceries, toiletries, Bible Studies, Christian Books and Christian DVDs and Recovery DVD programs.
God’s Feeding Hands Mission Center had its grand opening on October 26, 2015. Since opening, the Mission Center has been serving approximately 500 people each month.
It now has four staff members and six volunteers. Kyong says that the Mission Center is not affiliated with, nor does it receive funds, from any church; it is running totally on cash donations and grants, which allows the Mission Center to purchase groceries, toiletry items, cleaning items, and items such as Bibles, Bible studies, recovery DVDs, vegetarian cooking program DVDs, Christian books, and other Christian DVDs. Most of the groceries are ordered from the River Valley Regional Food Bank in Fort Smith and cleaning supplies and toiletries from Dollar Tree and Walmart.
God’s Feeding Hands Mission Center has made a big spiritual and physical impact in the community. The Mission Center is open every second and fourth Monday of the month from 9 a.m. until 12 noon, and they expect to feed even more people in the near future, as many are at risk of losing their food stamps. So far, 5,914 people have received free groceries, free toiletry items, and cleaning items, and 470 people have received the Amazing Facts Bible Studies and many took copies of Bibles, Christian Books, Vegetarian Cooking Show DVDs, Christian DVDs and Recovery DVDs.
“If the Holy Spirit impresses your heart to support this wonderful ministry, you can send us tax deductible donation,” said Weathersby. Donations can be sent to: 1200 Reeves Ave, Mena, AR 71953 or you can donate online at www.GodsFeedingHands.com.