Ramp Ministry group honored

Published 1:20 pm Tuesday, January 31, 2023

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Thursday morning was filled with work by the members of the Methodist Men’s Ministry creating a handrail for a local resident. The work was completed just in time for the group to be honored by the Prime Timer’s group of the Brewton Methodist Church.
During Thursday’s luncheon, the group of 14 men were honored for their ministry work with words from Raymond Lynn.
“It’s only fitting that we honor one of the most important ministries that I know of,” Lynn said. “The group built completed work this morning making it 561 projects completed.”
Lynn gave a brief history of the group citing George Aust and Ronnie Tucker among those who began the ramp ministry.
“The group originated at First Methodist and has spread all over the county,” Lynn said. “Their work is fabulous and is well known throughout the county and into Conecuh County.
“Years ago, the men bought a cooker and paid it off quickly,” Lynn continued. “They have prepared food for the community and have also helped out after tornadoes and hurricanes. That work has led them to be able to provide ramps and handrails for many people. It is a very broad ministry and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
The group is comprised of Frank Reid, Buck Farrior, Randy Akridge, Durwood Mantle, Don Jackson, Randy Dewberry, Ronnie Duncan, Craig Peterson Burl Jerkins, Mike Edwards, Butch McKenzie, Pat Poole, Eddie Tullis and Bruce Vickery.
Although the ministry is primarily known for building ramps, the group also works on other projects to help those with handicaps have safe access to their homes. That work includes stable steps, small ramps and handrails for existing homes.
Earlier this month, the group constructed a set of steps for a Damascus community resident. On Thursday, the group installed a handrail for a Brewton resident who uses a walker and felt unsafe climbing the steps to her home.
Also during Thursday’s gathering of the Prime Timers, Patsy Smith explained the construction theme throughout the fellowship hall of the church.
“We are all under construction,” Smith said. “Jesus was a carpenter and is still working on us. We will continue to be under construction until we leave our earthly home. Then he has completed the work that he began in us. Make Jesus the carpenter of your life.”

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