By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Lunch at The Salvation Army is usually served chow-line style, but this was a pretty, sit-down affair.
At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, folks started trickling in for the daily feed on Carnation Street, and many were surprised to see tables set with linen and holiday centerpieces.
Folks were shown to their seats and promptly served heaping plates of pulled pork and fixings by members of The Church at Trace Crossing.
The warmth of the food brought a special glow to the cheeks of Reuben Williams and Edna Fryer, both of whom are guests at the Army’s lodge.
“I’m 100 percent grateful. These are good people,” said Williams, forking in a big bite of turnip greens. Edna was so busy smiling and waving at friends that she could hardly eat.
Thousands of miles away, near Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Trace Crossing was partnering to serve a similar meal to the desperately poor living near a landfill.
“That’s quite an image – a pretty, formal table set in the middle of a dump,” said Jennie Lee, a church member who was one of the first to make the trip to Honduras two years ago.
Dignity, she said, and the infinite worth of every human life are the reasons the church serves meals like this. In Honduras they washed the hands of the poor and made them feel special.
Members of the church called this “The Jesus Banquet,” and on Wednesday, about 100 grateful souls thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Among them was Harold Payne of Tupelo.
“Sometimes people feel ashamed, or embarrassed to take advantage of things like this,” said Payne. “But when God and good people provide these kinds of blessings, you have to accept it, and walk in it.”
Contact Galen Holley at (662) 678-1510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.