Twelve men — members of Second Baptist Church of Hamlet — and four of their boys recently traveled to Webster Springs, W.V., to deliver a large collection of toys for the Mountain Marketplace Mission operated by Gary and Lillie Melton.
At the Mission, parents select toys free of charge for their children’s Christmas.
Dozens of toys of all kinds were collected by church members and loaded onto the church bus after the evening worship service on Sunday, Dec. 11.
In a one-day trip — 6 hours and 350 miles one way — the men discussed ministry projects to be completed this summer at the mission site. The men will help construct a dormitory-type building that mission groups can live and sleep in when they come to do mission projects at Mountain Marketplace Mission.
Once the group arrived in Webster Springs, an unexpected snow already on the ground greeted the group. The four boys (and some of the men) engaged in an enthusiastic snowball fight.
In the summer of 2010, Second Baptist members first traveled to West Virginia where they conducted various Christian ministry projects in the area, the third poorest county in the United States.
Mountain Marketplace Mission operates only on faith. It is not sponsored or affiliated with any church, denomination, or organization. Each week they normally provide food for approximately 500 people. Due to severe financial conditions, some of the residents are now unable to buy gas to travel to the mission for food.