By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
Midland Baptist distributes more than 3.5 million pounds of food annually
BELL BUCKLE — The premise behind the Journey of Hope Ministry Center is simple.
“There are as many hungry people in rural America as there are in urban America,” said Doug Mitchell, pastor of Midland Baptist Church in Bell Buckle which has operated the center since 2009.
In addition, he said, people need to hear about Jesus.
The ministry center actually began with former church deacon Dean Cantrell who would pick up bread from local outlets and deliver it to needy families in the neighborhood.
In January of 2009 Cantrell’s health worsened and he later died, but before he did he asked the church to take over his bread ministry. “We didn’t know what to do with it,” Mitchell admitted. [Read more…]