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Mission Marshall and its good works in our city

Feb. 5, 2013 at 10 p.m.


Comparatively, Mission Marshall is a fairly new organization in our city, though it brings together some services that have been around for a while. However, it seems to have energized those services, as well as expanded into others.

Supported by the city's churches, Mission Marshall is one of the reasons we have to feel good about the place where we live. People helping people who are in need.

It isn't any surprise that this is taking place here. Most, if not all, those involved feel they have been called to do it as a basis of their religion. For them, it is living out the commandment to serve their fellow man.

And they do it well.

Another example of this happened just last weekend when Mission Marshall sponsored a truck from the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler that distributed fresh produce to those who came to the parking lot of Immanuel Baptist Church.

About 150 families were served in the distribution. Our local food bank does a good job in distributing non-perishable food but they are not equipped to handle produce. The Tyler facility is and will now be sending a truck over on the first and third Saturdays of each month with produce, fresh fruits and vegetables.

How wonderful is that?

What Marshall is responsible for doing is providing the volunteers to get the food handed out. If the first Saturday is any indication, that will be no problem. More than 20 volunteers showed up, including students from East Texas Baptist University and many churches in town.

The few hours spent doing this does something beneficial for both those volunteering and those who receive the food. Those who volunteer get the knowledge that they are making our community better and are helping to relieve the "food insecurity" of those who get the food.

Those receiving obviously get food, but they also get more, they get the sense that someone cares about them and that they are not alone in this world. If they happen to be religious, they also get the feeling that God is at work within the community. That is a comforting thought for them.

It should also be comforting for the rest of us. No one stands so tall that they cannot be brought down by circumstances and it is possible that any of us might need help.

Thanks to Mission Marshall and those who volunteer, fund and support it, for being there to help. No matter what your religion, this organization would have to be seen as a blessing.

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