By Frank Lewis
Cassondra Ingles of Church of God - Mountain Assembly in Siloam, Ky., is very clear as to why she came up with the idea for an event that took place Saturday afternoon in Tracy Park in Portsmouth.
“We had a vision service back at the beginning of the year for what we saw our church doing,” Ingles said. “And on my way home from that service God had spoken to me driving home and he said ‘I want you to do a walk and I want it to be called, Carry Your Cross for Christ.’”
Ingles and others began carrying in coolers with soft drinks and hot dogs in preparation for the 3K walk, and Marsha Gulley and Debbie Potts were helping to get the event organized.
“We’re having a walk, a fundraiser, to raise donations of money to help newborn babies get the supplies they need,” Gulley said. “Diapers, formula, anything that a newborn might need in this area and they don’t have.”
“She (Ingles) will publish that she has the funds. She’ll contact CRADLE in Portsmouth. She works at a day care in Portsmouth,” Potts said. “So she’ll see parents in there - people at church. She’ll let other churches know and if they know other families in need, they can get ahold of our church.”
As the live music played and parents got their children ready for the walk, the group gathered around the stage area and looked to the sky.
“We’re having good singing, testimonies, a little bit of preaching, whatever moves our hearts,” Gulley said. “It’s a beautiful day. God has blessed us with wonderful weather for this.”
Potts said the reason the church got involved was simple.
“We have a desire and a heart to help those who don’t have,” Potts said. “She (Ingles) just thought this was a mission God wanted her to do.”
Ingles said she wanted to do the 3K walk before Easter because - “Jesus carried his cross for our sins, so we should carry our cross and show that love for him to people.”
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.