Local Faith: Mississippi Pastor Gives Away 400 Boxes Of Food

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (localmemphis.com) - On Monday night Local 24 told viewers about pastor Ray Johnson who left the street life behind and had his gang name covered up. Now he's paying it forward along with other churches in the in the Mid-South.

As dozens of people gathered in the parking lot of Spirit Church in on Highway 178, a small group of volunteers joined hands to pray.

"Let this be a success," prayed pastor Johnson.

After the short prayer Johnson's wife Tameral gave volunteers a pep talk.

"We just want everyone to be on the same page because it might get a little chaotic," she said. "As long as we're as a team, we know what we're doing, we've got a game plan! We know what we're doing. It's easy for us to get this in and get it out."

What Spirit Church was giving out were boxes full of food.

"I need corn and green beans to make a salad," Idar Jones told Local 24 News.

She got those items and more.

The canned vegetables were just some of the items ready for pickup by anyone in need in the state's third most populated county.

Ryan Lucus, is a dad from Desoto County, He was one of dozens who walked away with a bundle of food. He even stayed to help other people load up their cars if the boxes proved to heavy.

"It feels nice to help other people," he said. "And getting a helping hand from the community as well is great."

No one told Lucus what was in the boxes but he was okay with that. Like everyone in line, he was just glad to be on the receiving end of a good deed.

"It's probably dry goods," said Lucus "But we have four children so it's always helpful."

"I'm going to take it home and I'm going to use what I can, said Idar Jones. " What I can't eat I'm going to give it to someone that is in need."

Spirit Church said it handed out close to 400 boxes of food. The food was donated through a network of area churches and ministries.


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