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August 21, 2012

Ministerial Alliance aims for assistance network

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — While the goal of many a ministry is to help all those who seek it in times of hardship, the reality is one source cannot provide assistance to every person who comes along.

However, this does not mean someone should not have somewhere to turn to, which got many church leaders a part of the Pauls Valley Ministerial Alliance thinking how they could provide such answers in a community they know is compassionate enough to help, according to current Alliance President and PV First Christian Church Pastor Peggy D. Farris.

Though as a group there is not enough money to financially offer a solution, they have scheduled a forum inviting any pastor from any church in town, as well as all community organizations, to help record where help exists from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 at Pauls Valley General Hospital.

“We found there were a lot more needs than what could be met,” said Farris, adding how worship leaders even not an alliance member can offer their insight. “We decided we needed clarity.”

The idea first gained traction at the most recent ministerial alliance meeting, which is held once a month at the hospital, and came about because everyone seemed to have a different opinion of where they should send people when they hit hard times, said Farris. She noted it should be a great help to congregation leaders, especially since many like herself have not been in Pauls Valley long enough to know all the places help is available.

As a result their answer is to create a unified printed directory of community organizations/charities, which can be referenced at a moments notice and available everywhere, said Farris. The information gathered from this meeting will then at some point be printed in a booklet with detailed descriptions of what each organization provides and if one can’t help, it can suggest an alternative.

Speaking at the event will be representatives of the Department of Human Services, the Salvation Army, the PV Chamber of Commerce and the Samaritans. Those who attend are encouraged to bring any questions they have and each speaker will be given about five minutes to talk about what their organization does.

“When someone has a certain need we can tell them where to turn,” said Farris, who said it shouldn’t only be large towns like Oklahoma City who can provide this kind of solution. “We want to help people when they are in need.”

For more information contact Farris at 405-238-6332.

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