HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Dozens of people gathered at the Bethesda Mission to enjoy a hot meal, which included ham, turkey, mashed potatoes and all of the trimmings. But like any other night at the Mission, no one will ever walk out of their doors hungry.
Built on the love of Jesus Christ, the Bethesda Mission is no stranger to helping strangers.
“The people are really good here, they will find you God. They will help you if you’re homeless, they’ll give you clothes, they’ll feed you,” said Francine McConnell, who goes to the mission.
They’ve been doing it for more than a hundred years.
“The Word of God says ‘if you’re feeding my people you are feeding me,’ that’s what we’re doing,” Sterling Tarbert, the house supervisor at Bethesda Mission, said.
So it’s no surprise they serve meals every day.
“But today is a special day,” Tarbert said.
The resurrection of Christ; bringing out the best in many.
“We figure what a better place to start to do work and to help out with the serving of food to those that are homeless,” Pastor Ouemonde Brangman, the senior pastor at Bethel AME Church, said
The Bethel AME Church is one of Bethesda’s neighbors. It’s men’s ministry partnered with the Mission, volunteering Sunday for the first time.
“I’m always excited about helping those that are homeless and less fortunate. We love to work with them, we love to encourage them, we love to do whatever we can to serve them,” Brangman said.
But for Francine, who comes to the Mission 3 to 4 times a week, it brings something greater than a full stomach; hope.
“I’m grateful because God has put me in the right place around the right people,” McConnell said.
“I know that if I was in that place I’d want someone to take that kind of care of me,” Brangman said.
If you would like to help out at the Bethesda Mission, it is always accepting donations. You can drop them off at any time at 611 Reily Street in Harrisburg.