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Community Spotlight

-by Holly Willdrick, The Quill

Benefiting More Than Just La Harpe

The Agape Outreach Center of La Harpe recently donated clothing to the Dream Center in St. Louis. This is an outreach program sponsored by Joyce Meyer Ministries.

After an inspiring visit to the Los Angeles Dream Center, Dave and Joyce Meyer decided to expand their efforts to reach the hurting people in their own city of St. Louis. They planted the St. Louis Dream Center right in the heart of North St. Louis, an inner-city area known for high crime, drugs and gang activity.

Adopt-A-Block was the first outreach project, with volunteers hitting the streets to clean up the area. Though this they were able to met the people in the community and build lasting relationships.

They held their first church service on October 28, 2000 with more than 300 people and they have continued to grow ever since. Today the St. Louis Dream Center continues as a thriving, multi-cultural, urban church of nearly 1,000 people that is literally changing the face of North St. Louis.

Every week we reach out to thousands of people through our Street Ministry, Adopt-A-Block, Nursing Home ministry, Midnight Outreach, KidZJam, Super Saturday and more. We are called to present the Gospel to the lost, disciple nations, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, minister to the elderly, widows and orphans, visit prisoners and reach out to people of all ages and in all walks of life.

The Agape Outreach Center was contacted by WTJR in Quincy and asked if they would be willing to donate clothing to the center. The were able to send 15 boxes of men and women's clothing and will continue to do so from time to time. The center has also sent men, women, and children's clothing to an orphanage in Mexico.

Along with these organizations the center has also been able to help many local families and also families in surrounding communities that have lost their homes to fires. The outpour of donations from the community has been wonderful.

"The community has responded to the centers needs for clothing and I have faith that they will continue to do so" stated Judy Hobby, center volunteer.