Without just cause or legal citation, Raleigh police threatened Love Wins Ministries (LWM) for following Jesus’ teachings of feeding the poor by simply handing food and coffee to hungry people near a city park.
According to Rev. Hugh Hollowell, the pastor and director of LWM, last Saturday, sausage biscuits and coffee were to be distributed to people in need.
“On that morning three officers from Raleigh Police Department prevented us from doing our work, for the first time ever. An officer said, quite bluntly, that if we attempted to distribute food, we would be arrested,” the pastor said.
“No representative from the Raleigh Police Department was willing to tell us which ordinance we broke, or why, after six years and countless friendly and cooperative encounters with the department, they are now preventing us from feeding hungry people,” the pastor wrote in a blog.
“When I asked the officer why, he said that he was not going to debate me. ‘I am just telling you what is. Now you pass out that food, you will go to jail.'”
Pastor Hugh’s response, regardless of any law the city may have, is an encouragement to other Christians. “Simple: We will feed people.”
Raleigh’s mayor and city council need to step up to the plate and support ministries like Love Wins Ministries which are reaching out to the homeless and hungry.
Please send them a word of encouragement to come forward and clarify that no police action will be taken against Christians putting their faith into action.