Beulah Baptist Church on Monday celebrated the opening of its new Van Ministry with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the church.
The ministry was created to take people 65 years old and older 65 to their doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, drugstore and anywhere else they want to go free of charge.
“We have a lot of seniors in our church who are disabled and who have needs,” said David Gay, pastor of Beulah Baptist. “We have two vans that weren’t being used except to pick people up on Sunday mornings. It doesn’t make sense to have them parked all week when you have people that have need of them Monday through Friday.“
Gay said the Van Ministry will be available to the church’s more than 100 senior citizens from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All seniors have to do to utilize the ministry is call the church and tell them where they need to go and when.
“It’s just like a taxi service,” he said.
The van drivers are members of the church. Some are volunteers and some are paid.
“It’s exciting to see the excitement in peoples eyes when they know they’re being loved and taken care of,” Gay said. “It’s great when you can give back to those who have gave so much.“
The Van Ministry is the 16th ministry that’s been added to Beulah Baptist since Gay became pastor of the church in May 2013.