When preparing for the holidays many look for what they will find under the tree, while others prepare to give gifts that will bring joy when one scurries to the tree.
This year wasn’t any different for the Word of Faith Ministries, under the leadership of Bishop Kevin Sutton and Co-Pastor Terry Sutton, who, along with Michael Colbert and wife, .Erma Colbert, happily shares their love and life annually with others who are invited to collect gifts, get haircuts, nails polished, free food, and laughter.
More than a hundred families and children turned out on December 19th at the Tabernacle Church on Central Ave., where the Pastor is James Williams, who shared a few words of inspiration to the crowd upon their entrance to receive their gifts and food. Bishop Sutton prayed for the attendees and blessed each of them for coming.
Also in attendance were The Buffalo Soldiers, who stopped by to have words with the children about BULLYING AND SAFETY. This subject matter was of great importance to them because it continues to plague schools and communities with the loss of young people who BULLY and those who succumb to the BULLYING.
Pastor Terri stated that as a way to spread the word and find families to participate, they asked pastors to identify a family in their congregation that would attend the event and receive items that are shared for the purpose of spreading joy.
Mrs. Erma Colbert shared that her son Michael came up with the idea of providing haircuts for the needy, as he is a Barber and wanted to share his gift by cutting hair. She further stated that they try to get enough food items so that families will have a complete Christmas dinner. Mr. Michael Colbert, employed at Franklin Park Lincoln, stated that he wanted to share the cheers with the community by giving back quietly. They provided hats, coats, socks, gloves, boots, in each bag, as well as food so that children and families could have a beautiful Christmas. He wanted the event to be given in honor of Mr. Eugene Fleisher, founder of Franklin Park Lincoln, whose primary goal was to give back. Also in attendance serving the food were Pastor Patricia Smith and Elder Bobby Smith of Trinity Faith Tabernacle.
This event certainly was a success and those in attendance seemingly left happy with haircuts, nails polished, bags full of Christmas goodies, and a hot meal served up with tasty treats.
Congratulations to the sponsors of this successful event and may God continue to bless you in all that you do in this community to bless families.