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Bethesda Outreach Ministries

Bethesda Outreach Ministries came into being early in 1994 through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and continues to operate under His leadership.  Its mission is to glorify God by showing the love, compassion and encouragement of Jesus Christ to financially-challenged families in the Canton area through the provision of various forms of emergency financial assistance and spiritual guidance -- all in the name of Jesus. The name Bethesda is taken from John 5:2-9 and in Hebrew means House of [Kindness] [Grace] [Mercy].

Through the financial support of The Chapel and other contributors, and through the efforts of numerous hands-on volunteers, the Lord has enabled Bethesda to:

  • Provide assistance on over 5,000 occasions with:
    • rent/mortgage payments
    • prescriptions/medical bills
    • car repair/transportation
    • clothing
    • furniture and appliances
    • personal and home care items
  • Distribute baked goods, clothing and miscellaneous items to between 75 - 100 families each week at the Louisville operation
  • Operate a monthly "soup kitchen" including distribution of personal care products in inner-city Canton
  • Provide Christmas assistance to numerous families through the Adopt a Family for Christmas program
  • Distribute over 2,500 Christian books
  • Provide Christian witness, spiritual guidance and encouragement to each family served
  • Achieve 501(c)(3) tax status to offer tax benefits to contributors

Food and Clothing Collection

Nonperishable food and clean clothing in good condition are badly needed and may be dropped off at the Bethesda Outreach Ministries collection and storage room located in the foyer at the East entrance to the sanctuary. Receipts are given upon request. Donations should be placed in strong plastic bags. Please do not leave items anywhere other than in this room. It is open 24/7.

Tables and shopping carts in the east and main lobbies of The Chapel are also convenient drop-off locations to receive donations of home and personal care items. Many low-income families cannot afford these products that we often take for granted, as they are not covered under their food stamp allowance. Please remember to pick up extra home and personal care products as you do your grocery shopping.  They will be promptly distributed to needy families.


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