good works

  • Church feeds freely

    The first time Francis Alford heard about a community garden project was on a Sunday morning. The words came from the pulpit.

    Alford said his pastor, the Rev. Scott Johnson, mentioned the idea to the Union United Methodist Church congregation at the end of a sermon a few months ago. As Johnson pitched the project, he also asks for volunteers to put some action behind the vision.

  • Faith fuels action

    Being dependent on the generosity of others is something Tanya Mauldin knows all too well.

    The director of The Shepherd’s Table in Conway said the soup kitchen receives an annual $3,000 grant from the City of Conway. That’s where the secured funding ends.

  • Hope for families

    Kathy Crist believes she is on a mission from God. Of course, the tenets of her faith tell her she is not alone in the assignment to help those in need.

    “It’s our job as Christians to help these folks,” the Conway woman said.

  • It takes a village

    You can’t keep a good plan down.

    This past April, the people of Abiding Village took a giant leap of faith and went on a three-week fundraising whirlwind to raise $10 million. Yes, you read that right - $10 million in the span of three week’s time.

  • Negative markings

    Jaime Barich wasn’t always so nice.

    The 36-year-old wife and mother of five would tell you she used to be a nasty person.

  • Prayer paves way

    Ten-year-old Isaiah Clardy prayed three years ago for a garden. He remembers it was for “people that didn’t have food,” but doesn’t recall what led him to make the same prayer request continually each night before going to sleep.

  • Union brings water

    For a small church, Union United Methodist gets big results.

    The South Conway church regularly sees about 150 worshippers on any given Sunday. Despite that, the congregation has brought in close to $120,000 to fund water wells in Africa as well as improve its own facilities for effective ministry environments.

  • When God says go

    God was calling Mary Long.

    At first, the idea of going to Africa was a little frightening. Mary was concerned about her family’s safety once she got there as well as the Conway home she was leaving behind for two weeks.