Spreading Our Unconditional Love or SOUL, as it is affectionately known, is an outreach ministry of the South Jackson Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jackson, Mississippi. This ministry does exactly what its name implies, spreads Jesus’ unconditional love.
How is this accomplished? The ministry has sub-sections which work together to meet several basic human needs. First, is “Loads of Love” or LOL, a ministry dedicated to ensuring that community members have access to clean clothes; LOL, pays for resident’s laundry as they arrive at random laundromats throughout the city. In addition to free laundry, residents receive laundry detergents for their next trip to the laundromat. “Helping Hands,” affectionately known to young adventurers as the highest class in the club, provides hygiene packs also known as “blessing bags” to homeless residents. Bags include: toiletries, hand sanitizer, socks, washcloth, a snack and a bottle of water. “Sole to SOUL,” is a sneaker ministry, providing brand name sneakers to homeless men, ensuring that they have quality shoes to wear. “Fill with a Meal,” is our most famous ministry, feeding homeless communities with a hot meal on Saturday mornings. Meals are fed in parks where the homeless often populate. Starting in 2017, SOUL will expand its ministries to add sections primarily focusing on women and children in addition to those listed above. We solicit your prayers as we move forward.
-Vita Johny, ministry coordinator
Wife of Elder Philip Johny, pastor of South Jackson and Canton, Mississippi Churches