Poverty Ministry is more than giving out cans of food.
Anna and LaCount Anderson
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Field Personnel
Serving in northeastern North Carolina
Eastern NC Poverty Network
a ministry sponsored by Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Anna and LaCount Anderson are being the presence of Christ in their own “backyard” in eastern North Carolina. And they want to help churches do that, too. The Andersons’ ministry is based from their home in Scotland Neck, N.C., in rural Halifax County. The area is among the state’s poorest, and the Andersons see that firsthand from their ministry at Union Mission in nearby Roanoke Rapids, N.C. “We’re on the frontlines with people who are desperate and need help,” LaCount said. “we have learned that it takes more than giving out cans of food to help people in need. They need friendship and a relationship with God. We strive to do more and we desire to help others know how they can become more involved in quality ministry to those in need
Anna and LaCount are busy expanding the ministry to include partnering with a women’s homeless shelter and working with Christian Woman’s Job Corps., a ministry sponsored by WMU. Food is also an important part of the Anderson’s ministry. Cultivating a community garden, and assisting others in distributing food to the area’s neediest people has become a major focus in their ministry in northeastern North Carolina.
Through this ministry, Anna and LaCount hope to engage local and regional churches in poverty ministry “in their own backyards,” they said. “We want them to know they don’t have to go far to make a real difference.”