It always seems that in the midst of crisis, there are those who come to the aide of others.
For the congregation of the newly formed Cutting Capital Fellowship Church, they answered that call Sunday when truck drivers and motorists alike, frustrated by icy road conditions on Interstate 20, found warmth and comfort with that fellowship as they exited 397 in Brock.
All total, more than 50 were fed and given time to rest before braving the elements.
“Sunday was the day I finally woke up to the fact that people needed food and water,” said the church’s founder Barbara Littlepage.
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She said she and her husband, once drivers themselves, thought how much they would’ve needed to be helped in a situation like that. So she began to look for all the food she could - to feed as many as she could.
“We served bean soup, chicken and dumplings, hamburger helper, chicken legs, coffee and tea; actually, anything I could find in my pantry,” she said.
Littlepage said some of the drivers asked “What’s on the menu?” and she told them just what she would have told her kids - “whatever momma could find to cook” - adding that most actually found some humor in that.
“I was so pleased to see the body of Christ at work,” Littlepage added. “Everyone pitched in to help. We had only the dishes, cups and spoons from my house, so drivers were eating and then washing their own dishes and returning them for others to use.”
She said they had a few plastic spoons in a box so the drivers started throwing money into the box.
“I was amazed to see what came in,” she said. “I called a couple of my neighbors to ask for their help in cooking. They couldn’t bring the food so two drivers walked to their homes to collect the food before they would eat.”
The church opened in April of this year, thanks to a vision, Littlepage said, that “came from God.”
“About 25 people have been attending our church,” she said. “We are somewhat hidden behind the Praise Pavilion and it’s really hard for anyone to know we’re here. We just recently got our sign erected so maybe that will help get the word out.”
She said the church’s mission statement is to have a relationship, not a religion and quoted first John 4:7.
“Dear friends, let us practice loving each other, for love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are the children of God, and that they are getting to know God—for God is love.
“I’m 68 years old and I’m still learning about God’s ways,” Littlepage said.