A conditional use-request for a church at 200 1st Ave. NE was approved by the Cairo City Council Monday night.
The pastor and founder of Kingdom Harvest Ministries, Randall Hines, made the request. He has one other Kingdom Harvest Ministries location in Bainbridge. The ministry’s vision is to guide disadvantaged individuals and families toward a life of self-sufficiency.
Hines said, “Our purpose is to provide Christian services and I’m glad the city approved our ministry.”
The program consists of, but is not limited to, counseling, job training, teenage pregnancy awareness and prevention, substance abuse prevention, tobacco awareness and prevention, mentoring for less fortunate youths, prison ministry, food and clothing assistance, and other programs to aid those in need.
The issue the council had with the application was parking because the non-profit ministry would be located in the business district of Cairo.
One council member said, “We can’t have a dangerous situation like a carry-out business that was once in Cairo. It didn’t end up being just a carry-out business. People had nowhere to park.”
Hines told the council that most of the people attending the ministry during the week would be youth who could not yet drive.
“My main focus is to have youth there after (4 p.m.), mostly young males. Most of these youth will not be old enough to drive yet,” said Hines.
The proposal was amended to better suit parking to reduce traffic. It was amended by declaring there had to be a minimum of 10 parking spaces during the week, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and a minimum of 25 for Sunday services.