Potosi Community Church joins community to share God’s love

POTOSI- For Keeli Singer, missions are local and local. She is a member of Potosi Community Church in southeastern Missouri and a public school art teacher. When she heard a minister say that missions were the responsibility of every Christian, she suggested His Hands and Feet, a grassroots compassionate ministry for her community.

The church is currently looking for a pastor, so Keeli says a visiting preacher mentioned that “as members we don’t have to wait for someone else to do something. God wants us to do things for people to show his love.

She said, “It felt like an invitation to me.

Before the end of the sermon, she had described several ministry projects for women in her church. “I wrote it all down while (the preacher) was speaking. I had the first six months ready to go.

She had also found the name of the group. “That’s what God calls us to be, his hands and his feet.”

The women started their monthly projects last November. They first made and distributed belly blankets for a local nursing home. A personal note was attached to each blanket to remind residents “you are loved”. The group then baked cookies for a local boys’ home, distributed backpacks to accommodate children, appreciated nurses at two medical facilities by providing cookies and personal notes, supported a pregnancy center and assembled bags makeup and personal items for residents of an abused women’s shelter.

It might seem like His Hands and Feet is a big band in a big church. Singer says the Potosi Community Church operates between 45 and 50 during their Sunday morning worship service, and His Hands and Feet only includes six to eight women. Their ages range from “Ellie, who’s five, she’s coming with her mom… to probably 80.”

May’s activity will be handmade bracelets for mothers of deployed service members. The singer says she finds contacts through school and community activities. Families of service personnel will be invited to the church, where “our church will pray on the bracelets…for the safety and protection of soldiers.” The bracelets will then be distributed to the parents.

His Hands and Feet is taking a mid-summer hiatus but plans in July, through the church’s VBS, to support an overseas ministry: Juanita Girls School in Kenya. The school helps girls who would not attend school beyond eighth grade and who might otherwise be trafficked into sex, sold into marriage or taken to menial jobs, or who might commit suicide.

(The school is the newest ministry of George “The Shoeman” Hutchings, who previously drilled water wells in Kenya and was supported by the Potosi Community Church.)

In August, the group returns to local missions distributing backpacks full of school supplies to families at the Washington County Fair.

Projects include gospel components through Bibles, tracts, or handwritten notes of encouragement added with articles.

The singer says she would like to see the group grow. “Right now it’s our small church but we’ve talked about expanding it and inviting anyone from any church. It’s not about “I’m trying to get people to come to our church and not yours.” We just want people to know the Lord.

Women’s groups in area churches who wish to partner with His Hands and Feet can contact Singer at [email protected]

Norma P. Rex