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Jones County outreach center becomes reality
by Heather A. Busby
Aug 16, 2012 | 2068 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hinson stands in front of the outreach center located on Gray Highway next to Conn Realty.
Hinson stands in front of the outreach center located on Gray Highway next to Conn Realty.
Walking through the Jones County Outreach Center means being surrounded by clothes, furnishings, toys, and other home items. What may seem like simply one person’s donations are, in fact, a part of the vision that Ronnie Hinson, co-chair of Mustard Seed Ministries, has for this community.

Mustard Seed Ministries is a nine-year-old nonprofit organization created by Gary Hargis to meet the needs of those less fortunate. Serving 15 counties, volunteering 65,000-plus hours, and seeing well over $3.5 million in good accomplished, the ministry holds the belief in the power of unity.

When Hargis came to Jones County, Mustard Seed Ministries was successful in completing 25 roofing projects alone in 2011.

During this time, Hinson and Hargis became connected and helped bring Hinson’s five-year-old dream of the outreach center to a reality.

“I had a desire to create a Goodwill-like store, to be able to witness to people, to pray with people.”

Within days of almost renting a space in Gray, Mustard Seed Ministries was offered the 3,000-square-foot location on Gray Highway, rent-free. Overwhelmed by the generosity of the community, the organization found additional support when a company donated a 53-foot storage trailer, a plumbing company donated two days of work, an electrician repaired the building’s electrical panel, and other donations, including indoor and outdoor painting, were offered. Opening the doors for the first time on Aug. 4, and continuing to open each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the master plan is to one day expand either in another location, or to be able to purchase the property and create a larger building to house more donations.

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