16 cents ministry was born from simple beginnings. A want to enrich the lives of fellow Greensboro citizens that might be less fortunate than those who started it. The name might sounds strange if you didn’t know where it came from. One evening toward the beginning of the ministry members were feeding the homeless. A lady was so moved by the kind gesture she was instant on paying them for the meal. 16 cents was all she had so she gave it all. Much like the parable in the New Testament of the Widow’s Mite.
To date they serve over 15,000 meals per year at Church Under The Bridge, a gathering every Saturday evening designed to feed the stomach & soul of those who attend. More than 50 who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior & 18+ choosing to enter a rehab facility. Groups from outside Greensboro have stepped in to lend a helping hand from as far as Albermarle and as close as Winston Salem. Currently 16 cents ministry is supported by 40+ churches.
One of my favorite missions within this ministry is Project Warmth. A simple idea that gives warmth & comfort to many in need within downtown Greensboro. At it’s inception hats & scarfs were placed on the fence with the idea to “Take one if you need one, leave one if you can.” but soon after starting more than just small garments started appearing on the fence. Now when pass the fence you will see not only hats & scarves but also heavy jackets, pants, boots, etc.
This ministry has had it’s fair share of growing pains but has not let this stop them from blessing others. On two separate occasions they discovered everything owned by the ministry was stolen the previous night. Two nights later everything was replaced, bigger and better. They never missed a service. After numerous unwarranted complaints, calls to the police & harassing comments to those attending Church Under the Bridge, Greensboro officials moved the church. They never missed a service. Initially when being moved from under the bridge to the vacant lot on top of the hill it may have seemed to many like a punishment but Mike Murray, with 16 cents ministry, chose to view this situation as a blessing by saying “God has moved us from under a bridge to on top of a hill so everyone can see us.”
If you are looking for a way to give back to 16 cents ministry there is a complete wish list on their website. Visit their website by clicking HERE or follow them on Facebook. Another great opportunity every morning at 7 am prayers for 16 cents ministry are lifted. There are ways that each of us can get involved with this fantastic ministry.
From the Table to the World,