A year ago today, The Potters House in Jonesville began its great ministry to feed the hungry and help the needy. In the year since, the church, its members and other volunteers have distributed more than 200 tons of food to more than 20,000 people. This translates into more than 60,000 meals that the men, women and children, individuals and families, served by the program might have otherwise missed.
Potters House has also distributed a large amount of non-food items such as paper towels, paper plates, diapers, deodorant and shampoo. While the food enables them to live, these items enable those who receive them to live with dignity.
The continuing success of The Potters House ministry is not only a lifeline for those in need, but an example of what can be accomplished through the combination of faith, dedication and hard work. All too often, programs get off to a good start but soon fall by the wayside as those involved with them find other things to do with their time. Not so The Potters House ministry which has not only been sustained but grown, serving more and more people each month.
The growth of The Potters House ministry is a cause for concern and reassurance. Concern because it is another sign of just how hard times are. Reassurance because The Potters House has repeatedly risen to meet that challenge and make these times a little bit easier for those who need their help. We have confidence that the church, its members, volunteers and other supporters will continue to do so as long they’re needed.
Hard times are time of testing for individuals, institutions and communities. Times like these can bring out either the worst or the best in people. The members of The Potters House and the volunteers, contributors and other supporters that have rallied to their effort represent the best of human nature. They proved that even when times are hard, there are those among us who are still willing able to show concern for others and act on that concern.
The first anniversary of The Potters House ministry is a great milestone for Union County, a shining moment in our history. It is our hope and prayer that it continues to shine and inspires the rest of us to do all we can to help those in need.