Minister seeks homeless despite snow, ice
I’ll be regularly inserting stories as winter sets in that illustrate what true ministry to the homeless means. I hope it inspires a few readers to action. Not all these stories are about Christians doing the work. Ministering to the homelessness and needy is not the responsibility of any one religion, any one government, nor any one person. We all must pitch in. Jews, Muslims, Christians, Atheists, everyone with a good heart can share. I am a Christian, but I want to be careful not to offend anyone else in their ministry in their own way. Everyone counts and we all are needed to help.
This first report starts in the 1970’s with Reverend Ronal King when he started ministering to homeless. He is the founder of Christians Feed the Hungry . The following story dated February of this year illustrates a very small portion of his work. His ministry works out of Rock Hill, South Carolina, one of the poorest areas of the country. There are areas in which entire communities do not have running water, such as along Blackmon Road.
“For decades, Blackmon Road has been a magnet for York County’s poor. The community lies at the end of a dirt road off S.C. 72, less than two miles from downtown Rock Hill. Many residents are squatters who live in crumbling shacks or old school buses with no indoor plumbing or electricity. “
(I found this story at HeraldOnline but it has since been removed)
By Toya Graham · The Herald – Updated 02/01/07 – 11:24 PM
As temperatures hovered below freezing early Thursday, the Rev. Ronal King got in a pickup truck and headed down Interstate 77 in search of those who had nowhere to go to escape the bitter cold and promised snow.“We want to make sure no one freezes to death,” said King, founder of Christians Feed the Hungry, a nonprofit agency that reaches out to the hungry, homeless and those who are destitute and indigent.Before long, King found three men and a woman huddled underneath several I-77 overpasses. Three more were found during the early morning hours behind two Rock Hill businesses, and one other was at a local hospital — all had nowhere to go.King took three to a Charlotte church. He put one up at a Rock Hill hotel. Two got warmth in a Feed the Hungry car for several hours, and one was returned to his family.The eighth person declined assistance. “We gave him scarves, gloves and a hat and food,” King said. “He preferred to make it on his own.”King searches every night for those who are homeless, looking once at 11 p.m. and again at 3 a.m. While King was able to make a difference for the eight on Thursday, he was discouraged because there were no available rooms in a Rock Hill shelter!
Oldtimer says: I came across the following just before Thanksgiving as an update to further illustrate what his ministry does:
“Feed the Hungry” Looking for Turkeys…
Submitted by CN2.COM Editor
According to a recent survey, almost 15 percent of South Carolina families do not have the resources to feed themselves during some point of the year.That is why Feed the Hungry’s Rev. Ronal King is out collecting turkeys, to make sure nobody has to go hungry on this Thanksgiving holiday. He purchased nearly 200 turkeys from Wal-Mart in Rock Hill Thursday to take to area churches, shelters, and families in need. King is hoping to get over 1,000 birds by Thanksgiving.“We know just about who we need to feed Thanksgiving Day. But we (also) feed those in prison, EMS workers, people who won’t be home with their families that day. We help! Anyone who will call us will get a meal until the food runs out,” commented Rev. KingThis is what ministering to the homeless and needy means!