Shower Ministry

Summer 2013
First Baptist Church of Mango

The Baptist Church has an excellent reputation for providing aid and emergency services needed as a result of weather-related disasters. For example, for Hurricane Katrina back in 2005, there were 21,000 Southern Baptist volunteers who went to the Gulf Coast and served over 14 million hot meals to victims, volunteers and first responders. Relief units also purified water, cared for children, helped with clearing properties of debris and mud, and provided laundry services to showers to victims and workers.

Okay, enough of the commercial - you get the idea. Well, what happens to these emergency units when there is no disaster requiring their use? Answer: they serve in local communities. In our specific case, there is a mobile shower unit that just needs 110 power and a water hose to be operational. This unit is set up outside a local church and provides hot showers to homeless people two days a week. (At the same time these people can get some clean clothes and are provided a hot dinner.) A nice ministry.

The four pictures below show the shower unit; some of the free items such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste that are provided; and the local security person who has a good relationship with the people who come for food, clothing, and showers, and sees to it that they have good conduct while on church property. Of course there are no pictures of the guests.

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Here are some of the items we lay out for the people
A nice Church Security man who keeps things safe and calm.

The door on the right leads to four shower stalls for men.
The door on the left leads to two shower stalls for women.