The Community Chapel Assembly of God in Mississippi is playing a pivotal role in enlightening children with the knowledge of the Ten Commandments through its 10 Commandments Project. The church is located in Shelby, MS, which is one of the poorest regions in the United States with less than 2,000 residents in the area with a median income reaching just over $14,000. While educating the children in the area with faith-based knowledge and offering solace to their souls, the church also offers a guaranteed meal to nourish their bodies. The project has now spread beyond Mississippi and is helping children all across the nation.
SHELBY, Mississippi – The Ten Commandments serve as the bedrock of our laws and remain as important today as they were thousands of years ago.
They’ve also long been a key part of Bible education. One small-town church in Mississippi is taking that to a new level by helping children nationwide learn these building blocks of faith through the 10 Commandments Project.
Community Chapel Assembly of God in Shelby, MS is in one of the poorest regions in the country. Pastors Ruthie and Curtis Hooper see the area suffering from a spirit of depression, both socially and economically. Less than 2,000 people live in Shelby with a median income just over $14,000. No matter its size or economic hardships, it’s the people here who show what it means to invest in the lives of children – raising up faith leaders for tomorrow.
Community Chapel sees its mission as being a soul-winning church. That’s why Pastor Ruthie Hooper focuses on feeding the souls and bodies of neighborhood children; most of whom walk here for a guaranteed meal.
“They (the children) come to me and tell me they don’t eat breakfast,” said Pastor Ruthie Hooper. “They would take a sandwich back home and split it up into fours so they could divide it up with the other siblings.”
Her husband, Pastor Curtis tells CBN News the jobs left the area years ago. The town doesn’t even have “a decent grocery store.”
“The young people say there’s nothing to keep them here,” Pastor Curtis Hooper said. “Once they graduate high school, they go to college and do not come back.”
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