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Rev. Thomas Hunter, Sr.’s fledgling church hasn’t been in existence for a year, but it is already making a huge impact on the Nashville community. Located at The Platform Event Center, 1500 2nd Ave. South, Nehemiah Missionary Baptist Church held its first Christmas party on December 13. Many guests were in attendance, including District 17 Councilman Colby Sledge who is no stranger to NMBC.
The Christmas party featured food, praise dancing, fellowship, gifts, and opportunities.
The party benefitted 10 families in need, kicking off a 12-month goal for Nehemiah MB Church. In doing God’s will, Rev. Hunter is helping those around him by bringing happiness and blessings to others.
“This occasion is about families,” he said. “One of the things that we’re going to do as a church is that with the families we have chosen to work with—it’s just not a onetime venture for us. We’re going to spend 2016 with those families, meeting them wherever their needs are, including: mentorship, education, jobs, whatever their needs.”
Not only did Hunter and his elves give out presents, but more importantly they gave out opportunities.
“Christ designed the church to walk with people regardless of where they are in life. It is our goal as a church to walk with you,” said Hunter.
Hunter talked about some of the organizations that his church has teamed up with to help the community. One such is Jobs for Life, a faith based organization that applies Biblically based training and mentoring relationships to help those in need find dignity and purpose through meaningful work.
Rev. Hunter also reached out by imploring those assembled to notify him if they know someone who needs a job (especially in the construction industry). He also reached out to attendees to seek him out if they need help furthering their education.
“This is not a handout situation,” he said. “Yes we’re going to celebrate Christmas and we’re going to give gifts, but this is a situation where we are saying ‘we want to walk with you.’
“We’re committing ourselves to you, because we want to help build your family. Next year we want you to bring a family and be a blessing to them. From there you build families and communities.”
Rev. Hunter thanked the special guests making the event possible, including: the Davis family, the Charles family, the Bradley family, Associated Children’s Dentistry (Dr. Wood, Dr. Watts, Dr. Rucker and staff), Mt. Moriah Lodge #37, Euphrates Chapter #214, and Patrick Swett-Fresh Chefs (food).
The evening concluded with big smiles and grateful hearts as the Ladies of Euphrates helped to pass out gifts to all of the children.