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Bro. Mason Barker, who spent years working as the founder and director of Storehouse Ministries in Covington, has agreed to become the new volunteer director for the Grant County Helping Hands ministry. His wife, Barbara has also agreed to volunteer to be his assistant. They are excited to volunteer their help because they truly believe they have become part of a ministry which reaches out God’s hands to help the local community.
The Barker’s come with a long history of helping the poor of the area. Beginning in 1983, they founded and operated for more than two decades, Storehouse Ministries in Covington. That ministry had outreaches to the homeless and poor such as the Eagle Life Change program, the Jacob’s Well Soup Kitchen, the Hands of Love Freestore and the Sonrise Healing House, all programs designed to help the poor step up to a better life style in the community. The Barker’s retired from Storehouse in 2000 due to illness, but still believe they have the strength and a strong desire to help people.
They shared the visions of the churches which support Helping Hands and hope to use their talents to spread the word about the works and purpose of Helping Hands by raising awareness to community churches, businesses and individuals of the importance of this ministry and how each can play a part.
Barbara says she was surprised on her first day of training, at the large amount of people who came through the doors for clothes and food and other assistance. She had no idea so many people needed the help in the area. Many volunteers worked hard to keep the clothes and food neatly organized and gave visitors warm welcomes as they shopped for free clothes and carried home emergency food. One girl was so impressed by the love of the helpers, that she made a decision to give her life to Christ.
The ministry is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Call 859-428-2554 for more information.