Local church visits homeless on Christmas


Positive spirits and gifts for the homeless

By Mary O. Esparza, - mesparza@civitasmedia.com



The homeless in the OKC area live under bridges and in terrible conditions.


The homeless people at Jesus House have built unique friendships over the past five years that the Altus group has been coming to visit them.


The Strong Tower Ministries left Christmas morning with a mission to hand out scarves, gloves and hats to 300 homeless people.


On Christmas morning members of the Strong Tower Ministries, located at 805 Martin Luther King in Altus, left Altus on a mission trip to Oklahoma City.

The adults and youth traveled to the Jesus House, a shelter for the homeless located in downtown Oklahoma City. Members gave 300 people gloves, hats, and scarves to help fight the cold temperatures. They also gave chips and water as a small snack.

The Christmas Day mission trip started five years ago. Co-Pastors Ruben and Angela Ybarra said, “The people have always been very thankful, and in positive spirits despite their living situation. We have built wonderful relationships with them and they really enjoy seeing our regular faces, as well as the faces of those who have joined our efforts.”

A few upcoming mission projects include a winter jam, and summer event. The group also volunteers for Operation Care, and assemble care packages for the needy. The care packages consist of hygiene items, snacks and clothes.

Recently the group started reaching out to the families at the Lincoln Manor apartments in Altus. They do this by hosting positive events and giving out care packages. Their mission is to not only show God’s love, but to give hope to their neighborhoods. It also teaches youth the importance of helping from the heart.

The homeless in the OKC area live under bridges and in terrible conditions.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_MissionTrip2.jpgThe homeless in the OKC area live under bridges and in terrible conditions.

The homeless people at Jesus House have built unique friendships over the past five years that the Altus group has been coming to visit them.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_MissionTrip.jpgThe homeless people at Jesus House have built unique friendships over the past five years that the Altus group has been coming to visit them.

The Strong Tower Ministries left Christmas morning with a mission to hand out scarves, gloves and hats to 300 homeless people.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_HomelessTrip.jpgThe Strong Tower Ministries left Christmas morning with a mission to hand out scarves, gloves and hats to 300 homeless people.
Positive spirits and gifts for the homeless

By Mary O. Esparza,

mesparza@civitasmedia.com

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext.2077

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext.2077

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