(WASHINGTON) - Victory Tabernacle Church is opening "Heaven's Kitchen."
Andrea McCann, of the Washington Times Herald reports, the church now owns the property at 1614 W. Walnut St., according to Assistant Pastor B.J. Riley, and is turning it into a soup kitchen.
He believes the building formerly housed a grocery store and a restaurant, so it had a kitchen in place. However, the building needed a lot of work, which people from the congregation and Lighthouse are currently doing.
Riley says the congregation have a vision and now that vision is coming true.
The original asking price for the property was $30,000, he said, but then dropped to $10,500. There was a potential donor for the funds, but that person backed out. Still, the congregation didn't give up.
Riley donated the first $1,000.
He made the donation and a speech at church one Sunday and others began to give as well.
Riley says before long they had raised enough money to buy the property outright.
Riley said they preach on and teach faith, and Heaven's Kitchen shows that when the Lord puts something in the spirit it can come to fruition in the natural realm. He said they give Him all the glory for their outreach.
The kitchen is still more or less in the vision stage, according to the assistant pastor, but they do plan to be open seven days a week and to minister especially to their neighbors in the West End. Heaven's Kitchen should be open the first of the year.
He said he and Pastor Pete Aldrich would like to see the facility be a place where youth in the area can go after school for food, fun and fellowship, making it a good balance with PowerHouse on the other side of town.
They're working with the Daviess County Health Department to make sure the kitchen meets the required standards and already have had some donations, according to Riley.
They'd like to see different churches in the area each provide volunteers to run the kitchen one day a week. Another hope is that local youth leaders will get involved with
programming for after-school activities.
Anyone wishing to help further the mission of Heaven's Kitchen can contact Victory Tabernacle Church.
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