Church introduces ministry

Jermaine Hale of Unspeakable Joy Outreach Ministry in front of a cross at the Church of the Living God in Christ, where the church has its services.

CLEVELAND TINKER/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 1:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 1:49 p.m.

Unspeakable Joy Outreach Ministry formally introduced itself to the community with a clothes giveaway and picnic-style outreach event.

The event was held Saturday at the Church of the Living God in Christ at 1705 NE 5th Ave., where Unspeakable Joy has its services at 5 p.m. every second and fourth Sunday.

Several members of the church manned tables with clothes and shoes for children, men and women, while a DJ played gospel songs as the sun shined brightly from the sky.

Donald Mobley, a resident of Gardenia Gardens Apartments located in front of the church, heard the music and walked the short distance to the church to see what was going on. Mobley, who stands 6'3" inches tall, said he thought the event was very worthwhile, even though he found nothing to fit his long arms and legs.

"I came over here because I saw these people with all these clothes, and I felt like they might have had something for me to wear," said Mobley, 61. "The Lord was talking to me and told me to ‘just go over there and check them out.'"

Pastor Jermaine Hale founded Unspeakable Joy on Dec. 23, 2012 after struggling for four to five years with accepting his call from God to start the church. He said the church is covered under Kareem Corbin of Greater Fountain of Life Restoration Ministries in Atlanta.

"We are here to give back to those who are in need and those who are less fortunate than others," Hale said. "We just want to give back to the community because we know times are hard right now and we just want to give back to those who are lost."

Minister Alfred Latson, 31, assisted Hale with the event. Latson of Williston said he has been a member of the ministry for four months and felt the event was a great way to fellowship with the community.

"It's all about winning souls and letting men, women and children know that God will take care of them no matter how other people may look at them," Latson said. "We want people to know that God loves them in spite of what they are going through. A lot of people don't have a lot of material things, but if they just know who Jesus is, they will be alright. We are here to be a witness about the goodness of the Lord."

Mobley, the Gardenia resident, said the church is doing what more churches need to do.

"They are doing the will of God," Mobley said.

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