Local church transforms the homeless

By Admin. Updated 5:55 a.m., Friday, April 14, 2023, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

A cross-section of the attendees at the church’s outreach event.

More than twenty (20) people were cared for on Saturday, April 8, 2023, by the Universal Church in St Vincent.

Twenty-one (21) persons, some homeless, were “invited to the church, they were offered a bath, a haircut, clean clothes, and lunch,” Universal Church’s pastor Eurico Mecaula told One News SVG on Thursday.

“Most importantly they received the Word of God and prayers,” pastor Mecaula told One News SVG.

Eight (8) individuals received haircuts, twelve (12) received new clothes, and twenty-one (21) received lunch on Saturday, pastor Mecaula said.

At the service on Saturday, the church’s pastor told the beneficiaries: “We invited you today to tell you that, despite living on the streets you have value, your soul is precious” – said the Pastor

“We are sure that this is what the Lord Jesus would do if He was in our shoes,” the pastor said.

Pastor Mecaula told One News SVG: “One of our projects is named Unisocial, where every month we provide food for the people living on the streets, food hampers for families in need, we assist mothers whose children are incarcerated, we promote health fair for the elderly.”

The Universal Church of the Kingdom is a worldwide ministry founded in Brazil in 1977. At present, the church has branches in 140 Countries and has been in Saint Vincent since November 2017.

The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God is located at Tyrell Street near Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in Kingstown and also upstairs the Windward Mall in Georgetown.

“Our aim is to save souls and help the needy,” pastor Mecaula told One News SVG.

“We open every single day to assist those who are in need of prayers, counseling, guidance, and more. Many people have come to us suffering from depression, addiction, and other problems and we have assisted them,” pastor Mecaula stated.

“YPG stands for Youth Power Group, this project aims to take the youth out of crime, bad environment, addiction, etc., and help them to do better in life. In the YPG we have a HELP PROJEC where we assist those suffering from depression, self-harming, suicidal thoughts, etc. Every Sunday we have our youth hang out with various activities such as sports, culture, and more. We feed them afterward,” he said.

“We arrange hospital visits and house visits; everything is free of charge,” the Church’s pastor said.

The church is encouraging persons to contact its helplines at 1 (784) 527-8610 and 1 (784) 498-6242 if assistance is needed.

Here are some before and after photos posted by the church:

Click here to visit the church’s Facebook page.

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