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Winston and Dee Lucombe, New Hope Church

Area Churches Partner for Compassion Project

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

Members from the New Hope church (NHC) in Tappahannock, Va., recently partnered with area churches to serve their community. Activities included sewing bibs for a local nursing home, building ramps for older individuals, distributing prayer shawls and Bibles to others and delivering food to homes. NHC also had the privilege of buying approximately $400 worth of undergarments for children, youth, men and women.

This act of service was part of a program called Operation Inasmuch: a Compassion Revolution, sponsored by Essex Churches Together (ECT), an interdenominational organization in Tappahannock. ECT was created to bring small churches together to accomplish more in the community collectively. NHC has been part of the group for more than 10 years and has participated in many community outreach projects.

“The opportunity to see the joy on the recipient’s faces, to pray with someone and to hear their stories was a privilege and an honor,” says Dee Lucombe, pastor of NHC. “The building is God’s house, but the church is everyone who chooses to be His hands and feet and reach out “to the least of these.”

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