Help Feed the Homeless and Help Transportation Church.

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Beneficiary: Pastor Rick Wood he Lord's House of Prayer Oneonta, Alabama Organizer: Melissa Thomas

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Every other Saturday Rick Wood delivers hundreds of hot dogs and bottles of water to homeless people in need. But the people who rely on Wood's generosity may soon be left empty-handed.

Wood, who is a pastor at the Lord’s House of Prayer in Oneonta, Ala., has been feeding the homeless for the past six years without a glitch. But, last month, the city told Wood that he had to halt his mission because it had passed an ordinance that regulates food trucks, Think Progress reported.

Though the ordinance pertains specifically to retailers, the city said that it still applies to Wood and that he has to obtain a $500 permit in order to continue helping the homeless.

"I'm just so totally shocked that the city is turning their back on the homeless like this," he told ABC 33/40. "It's like they want to chase them out of the city. And the homeless can't help the position they're in. They need help."

But Wood has vowed to continue his service, like many other advocates who have faced similar bureaucratic measures.

Last December, Churches on the Street -- a mobile ministry in St. Louis -- was ordered to stop serving hot food to the homeless until it secured a permit, an expense that would cost the small-scale operation $150 to $300 annually, the Riverfront Times reported.

And last summer, members of Love Wins Ministries, an organization that feeds breakfast to anyone in need on weekends in Raleigh, N.C., when no soup kitchens are open, were threatened with arrests if they didn’t cease their service.

Rev. Hugh Hollowell, a pastor and director at Love Wins Ministries, said he simply couldn’t be deterred from helping those who are desperate for food.

"We will feed people," he wrote in a blog for HuffPost. "I am, after all (however imperfectly), a follower of Jesus, who said himself that when we ignore hungry people, we ignore him."

The Huffington Post  | by  Eleanor Goldberg

I will continue with this story with an update. When I first read about the church being in need of a permit, the first thing I did was went into action mode. It was the weekend, no one to call and talk to from the Church. I set up this fund to try to help them continue to help feed the homeless. On Monday April 14th, I was able to reach out and find they were able to get the permit, but stated they are still in need. Pastor Edwards, one of Rick Woods colleagues is whom I spoke with. Someone had made a very nice donation to the Church for a youth program to obtain a special vehicle for the kids. He told me stories of gratefulness, of the saving of people, He spoke to me with a tear filled voice. They do not have enough money for the van yet, and also he said there is always a need to continue to help others and the homeless. They travel 45 min to Birmingham Al, to assist these individuals. The length of time that this small town church has been helping the homeless goes back more than a decade. I think to myself what a blessing this church has been in not only their community but the community of others.

I have a lot of personal opinion about this new law of needing a permit to help each other. It not only is discouraging for those people that want to do the right thing, but I believe it also interferes with religion and beliefs. I truly do not understand why anyone would want to take away from the people in our country that have the least. I mean NOTHING. They are now making you pay to help others in need. What has this world come to? All I see is money and greed when I think about this situation. I think about how others willing to take on the homeless on there own time, with their own money are being punished. People see an opportunity to make more money from something and use it to their advantage, But some things should be just left alone. Why isn't the Government, or the City helping these people with this money they are now collecting themselves on behalf of them? What do they plan to do with the money for these permits? I can almost guarantee it will not be going to the homeless people on the street, but instead used for other things. It is a shame what our society has come to. I could think of many things to do with these funds to help the homeless long term. Housing, Food, Clothing, Medical Treatment, Facilities to help them find jobs, or to help them apply for benefits that so many are probably entitled to. So exactly how many of our homeless suffer from some kind of cognitive or mental disorder? It is one of the top reasons for homelessness. Who are our homeless population and why are they homeless? I read somewhere the 40% of our homeless are Vets. Is this how we repay them for serving our country? How can this happen? How can we allow this to happen? 

I feel there is so much wrong with all of this. They want to stop people from being compassionate and caring. I looked up some statistics to see how much it costs taxpayers to house someone in jail, if you look it up you will be shocked! I often wonder if this is where all of this leads to. The Greed of Money! Imagine now there are less people helping the homeless because of this new law.... What do you think will happen to them? Some will die, some will commit crimes to feed themselves, some will do what any person would do in that situation... Find a way to get a place to sleep and a meal, meaning there going to end up in jail on purpose because they get their needs fulfilled there. A shower, 3 meals a day, a warm bed. So how many people in jail right now are of the Homeless? Look up the statistics yourself. You will see where this is leading. They are making money off of housing them. So is the long term goal for them to house even more people for Money? It is the only thing that makes sense to me. Do you know that if they got SSI, and food stamps it would cost taxpayers thousands and thousands less in a year then it would than to house them in jail? 

Our world is not getting better. We can not depend on the Government or state officials to solve this problem because it is money to them. That is all they see people as, a dollar sign. They are not Christians. Did you know the Bible contains 2,350 verses dealing with money and possessions, and fifteen percent of everything Jesus said had to do with it. Adding up verses on prayer, faith, heaven and hell, there are still more verses about money. And what the word teaches us about money is not what is happening in the world today. Money is destroying people. 

We can only pray for those who don't know anything about what life is suppose to be. We can only pray that someone will try to stand up for the right things, but I feel it is only a small amount of us that are really here for the right purpose. That money they are making on the homeless, should go to help the homeless. So here we are being charged to be human, to have compassion, to want to do the right thing. Money is not going to stop us! It may be a block in the road, but God will prevail for those that believe in him. He will punish those who use his money for wrongful doing, and teach them a lesson. 

So here we are fighting to do what is right, let us continue to do so in the name of the Lord. Let us help the less fortunate, let us help our neighbors in need. Let's make this fundraiser a part of something special. Let us show how much we care about humanity. Let us help those who are servicing the Lord. Let us be heard loud and clear! We will not give up on our people, we will not let evil stand in our way! 

Dear Lord, we know what it is you want from us, we know the devil is hard at work. Please Lord let us come together as you want us to and assist those who need it most. Let us be able to provide what we can, if it is our service, the money you have borrowed to us or the talents you have given us. Lead us on the right path to serve you. Protect us from evil and from those who do wrong, we pray Lord that you will open their eyes as well. 

In Jesus Name Amen! 

Please continue to support this cause, and the wonderful people that are working for the Lord. Anything is appreciated from this Church. Thank You! 

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