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A Charlotte Church Sends a Message: "We Are Our Brothers' Keeper"

A Charlotte Church Sends a Message: "We Are Our Brothers' Keeper"

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Are you one of those worshippers who listens with great intent on Sunday mornings?

There is a church in Charlotte where the members are putting the word into action every day of the week. Friendship Baptist Church is active in providing outreach to Charlotte area homeless families and to families on the other side of the globe.

Dr. Paxton Hughes, Executive Minister at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, says, “In order to be who you ought to be as a Christian, you have to also be your brother's keeper. That's about being aware. That's about changing. That's about transforming, not to where you are focused only about yourself, but you are focused beyond yourself to your community, to your neighborhoods and to your families, And to those who may be struggling a bit more than you."

The Point in Time Count Data tell the grim story of struggle for some CMS students. There are more than 2,400 homeless people in Mecklenburg County and 280 homeless families. The staff at Friendship is striving to make an impact.

According to Dr. Hughes, “We are aware of the situation in and around Mecklenburg County in relation to families not having enough food. Having to make the decision between food/mortgage, food/rent, food/medicine and anything else families need as a necessity day in and day out.”

Members of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church are packing up food boxes to be delivered to local food pantries to help pacify the pangs of hunger. Staff and church members prepare and send out food boxes each week. It’s a big part of the outreach ministry.

As the first day of school approaches at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church members are also packing up back packs filled with school supplies and snacks.

CMS students are not the only students receiving the gifts. A group of exchange students from South Africa will be toting back packs home with them, as well. Eight South African students are spending the summer with Friendship host families. Lerato Motswene, 11 years old, is one of them. “It’s been a lot of fun.” Another student, Ofentse Masilela agrees: “I think this opportunity only comes once, especially coming in this loving family of Friendship. .My favorite part was meeting my mother.”

It is all part of the ICOM Program – International Children’s Outreach Ministry. The program has been up and running for more than a decade. The goal is to bring children – from impoverished South African communities – to Charlotte for an experience of international, cultural, and spiritual exchange.

Dr. Paxton Hughes says that “we are our brothers’ keeper.” It is important to look out for our neighbors, near and far.

You can find out more about outreach at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church by clicking here: https://www.friendshipcharlotte.org/


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