The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2012

March 31, 2012

Helping out their neighbors

Forgotten Church teaming with others in community to reflect light of the Lord

ENID — Forgotten Ministries — the church that left the building — is continuing its steady growth as an agent of spreading the mercy of the Lord.

The organization, launched in Enid in October 2009, continues to build alliances with local churches to reach out to those in need in the community. They arrive in their vehicles to serve hot meals, give concerts, distribute groceries, give away clothing, do home makeovers and provide whatever else they can think of to be a blessing to community members.

Jeremiah and Sarah Herrian, directors of Forgotten Ministries, said the church is about completing mission work, wherever it’s needed, in the community and surrounding area.

“We always hear about serving overseas, but we don’t hear a lot about serving in Oklahoma,” he said. “We’re trying to open the door and make that happen.”

The ministry’s signature outreach event is a weekly meal, clothing give-away, concert and fellowship on Tuesday evenings at Don Haskins Park. Several members of Enid churches now regularly assist with the event.

“We probably have 30 to 50 who come out to help,” Jeremiah Herrian said.

On a recent Tuesday, the majority of volunteers were from North Garland Church of Christ, Your Family Church and Fellowship of the Way.

In addition to those helping through churches, Tobias Schmidt, 12, and his father, Darrell, rolled up their sleeves and pitched in. Tobias, a second class Boy Scout and member of Troop 11, is working on his God and Church ribbon.

On this particular Tuesday, Your Family Church members spread out a feast of beef burgundy slices; lemon tilapia; chicken and noodle soup; beef barley soup; sweet, scalloped and au gratin potatoes; Brussels sprouts; black-eyed peas; carrots; rolls; and an assortment of desserts.

Soon after the black Forgotten Ministries trucks arrived at the park, the courts at Don Haskins began to fill. About 150 people came, which Jeremiah Herrian said was a small crowd in comparison to most Tuesdays. Likely the smaller turnout on that day was due to the cold and rainy weather, Herrian said.

On the horizon for Forgotten Ministries is a neighborhood block party type of outreach.

“What we’re starting for the spring is partnering with anyone who wants to have a neighborhood cookout,” Sarah Herrian said.

“We’re partnering with small groups in churches,” Jeremiah Herrian said. We’re really challenging those groups to have a block party in their neighborhoods. Then they will be challenged to help their neighbors.”

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