Members of several local churches came together to serve the community at the second annual Ignite the Fire Thanksgiving outreach.
The event, held the day before Thanksgiving at Winston Dowdell Academy, was more than just a meal.
Visitors to the event were able to take home cleaning products, clothes, and canned food, as well as a delicious Thanksgiving meal.
Ignite the Fire is a group of several local churches, ministries, and individuals. The organization has six member churches and several smaller minorities, as well as individuals who aren’t connected to those particular churches.
“We want to unify people through prayer and help them through the different outreaches,” said Debra Harris of Ignite the Fire.
“The whole idea is to unify people through prayer, with a love to reach out and help them in other areas,” Harris said. “Sometimes it’s not about praying. We have to do more than just pray. We’re working on pooling all of our resources together to be one body and to help others in need.”
The group has several prayer rallies each year, including some at Newnan’s Greenville Street Park, and has also had a spring outreach and back-to-school bash. The organization is active in Coweta, Carroll and Troup counties.
There was a huge turnout for the second annual event.
“It was amazing,” Harris said. “We had some beautiful volunteers. This place was packed. We give credit to God.”
In addition to meals to eat in and to go, meals were taken to the senior citizens at the Binion Court housing authority apartments and to the Stay Lodge.
At the Thanksgiving meal, different groups brought different items – including the cleaning products, canned goods and school supplies.
“We all come together to do different things,” said April Howard of Kingdom Connected Ministries International.
Rebecca Sandlin said she feels privileged to be a part of Ignite the Fire. She said she loves that the group can cross racial boundaries and denominational boundaries to come together and love people.
“That is what is awesome about it,” she said. And she said she’s made great friendships.
For more information about Ignite The Fire, visit www.ignitethefire.info or the organization’s Facebook page @ignitethefire or contact Harris at 770-712-8438.