Thomasville Times Enterprise

February 11, 2014

Benefit concert set for Rescue Mission

Susanne Reynolds

THOMASVILLE — For the past 23 years, the Rescue Mission Soup Kitchen has aimed feed the hungry people of Thomasville. Now it is asking for the support of the community to make it possible for it to continue its mission.

The Rescue Mission has a couple of events lined up to help raise funds for a move into its new location at 521 E. Madison St. It is currently housed at 230 Cherokee St.

On Feb. 21, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m., the Rescue Mission will host a Community Care Concert. It will include local talent such as Root 3:16, Johnny Garmon, Chris and Dana King, and Nina Scott.

The Kings, and husband-and-wife duo, are honored to be able to help raise money for the Rescue Mission.

Dana King said, “It’s great to give back to the community, especially our hometown. It’s all about meeting the needs of people. We believe in the vision of the Rescue Mission and are hoping for a great turnout for this event.”

The Kings will be singing two songs with Root 3:16.

The event will also include a dinner, silent auction and then a concert with the local musicians at First United Methodist Church, located at 425 N. Broad St. An auction preview will be available at the church beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are available at Rayann’s Christian Bookstore and Bobby Dollar Appliance Consultants. Tickets cost $15 each.

On Feb. 22, a yard sale will be conducted at the new Soup Kitchen site. The yard sale will begin at 7 a.m.

The Soup Kitchen consistently serves more 200 people per day in Thomasville. It opened its doors in 1996 under the operation of 81-year-pld founder Erlean Douglas — known as “Mother Douglas” by those who visit the Soup Kitchen.

She said, “There is no cost, no screening, no one turned away. The Bible says to be thoughtful to the stranger, the orphan and the widow, and leave provisions behind for them (Deuteronomy 24:19-21).”

With hunger being a world wide issue — as well as one in Thomasville — the Rescue Mission is challenging the community to step up and help them achieve their goals.

The Rescue Mission consists of three separate ministries that provide service to feed the hungry, provide a home for the homeless and a Bible school to teach children.

Douglas’ dream has been to house all three of the ministries under the same roof. Until recently, it was not feasible.

Her plans are to relocate the Soup Kitchen first so that the food ministry is not interrupted. This ministry by itself provides meals five days per week. Roughly 1,250 meals per month are served thanks to donations and Douglas’ faith.

Extensive remodeling is needed at the new site.

Douglas said, “The costs will be met in faith as God provides the financial resources through others. We believe most people in our community would like to do more, but lack the time and resources themselves. When you donate to God through the Rescue Mission — your donation will be regarded as doing for His children.”

Her philosophy for feeding comes from Matthew 25:40, which says “In as much as you have done it unto one of the least, My brethren, you have done it unto me.”

It is because of her “Someone Cares” philosophy that the ministries have run daily for more than two decades.

The Rescue Mission is asking for volunteers throughout the community to help with the remodeling of their new facility and serving meals daily.

Donations can be sent to the Rescue Mission at 231 Cherokee Ave., Thomasville, Ga., 31792 or call Douglas at (229) 227-9246. All proceeds will go to support the Rescue Mission Soup Kitchen.

Reporter Susanne Reynolds can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1826.