EAST LIVERPOOL - It wasn't exactly loaves and fishes, but a quantity of food nonetheless was shared with the public Thursday outside the soon-to-reopen Way Station, 127 W. Fifth Street.
Pastor Ed Sferra, of the Not Just Smoke cooking ministry, said men from multiple churches come together to grill food and set up prayer tents at various locations to "be the hands, feet and voice of Christ."
On Thursday, Not Just Smoke provided food and fellowship to about 200 people in conjunction with preparing the West Fifth Street building he owns for the Way Station. He is also on the Way Station board of directors.
Volunteers worked at the new location of the Way Station in West Fifth Street in East Liverpool, which will re-open in about a month, offering a variety of services to the community. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)
Kelly Weyand, site director, said the Way Station will reopen in about a month. The previous site inside the city closed due to the condition of the building in which it was located. There is also a Way Station in Columbiana.
"We're trying to do what we do in Columbiana," Weyand said, elaborating that that will include food give-aways, GED classes, helping people who have emergency situations such as fires, and small Bible study groups.
Clothing will also be sold at minimal cost.
"We'll do what we need to do. Who knows what God has planned (for the site)?" Weyand smiled, adding, "God is going to provide. We have to see what He has planned for me."
Plans call for the Way Station to be open four days per week, although the exact hours have not yet been set and will be announced later.
Weyand's husband, Terry, is pastor of the Avondale Baptist Church.