Golf tournament benefits His Laboring Few Ministries

Oct. 18, 2013 @ 08:07 AM

One of Thomasville's annual fundraisers is benefitting a local nonprofit that could use some good news this year.
Winding Creek Golf Course on Tuesday hosted the annual Mayor's Cup Tournament, an event created more than a decade ago where proceeds are donated to a nonprofit selected by the mayor.
As dozens of golfers set on a beautiful fall afternoon, Mayor Joe Bennett announced that proceeds from this year's tournament would go to His Laboring Few Ministries, a nonprofit that has faced more than its share of adversity in 2013.
"I'm just very privileged to name His Laboring Few Ministries to be the recipient this year," Bennett said. "They're very special to Thomasville and the area."
Tuesday's tournament raised $510 for His Laboring Few in a time when the nonprofit is in dire need of financial assistance. With record numbers of people coming in for help, His Laboring Few's resources are stretched thin. The ministry serves meals daily to anyone who walks through its doors and also provides financial assistance to families who struggle to pay basic utility bills.   
As the local economy lingers in stagnation, His Laboring Few is faced with an increasing number of mouths to feed.
'We're so appreciative that we were even considered," said Barbara Shelly, a children's minister at His Laboring Few. "There is a tremendous need in the community. The need is so great and getting greater every day."
Life dealt His Laboring Few a devastating blow in July when its founder "Preacher Steve" Ervin suffered a serious injury while playing softball. A line drive struck Ervin in the head causing him to lose his memory, leaving His Laboring Few leaderless in a very difficult time. Shelly said Ervin is recovering slowly, but the nonprofit must press forward, as that is what he would want.
"[Ervin] is doing very well," Shelly said.  "He's making new memories. He still does not have his memory back except for little bits and pieces. We know it's all in God's hands. People are coming in getting fed, they're getting clothing. We're just so thankful that we can continue to do it. People are really hurting right now during these tough times."
In addition to serving meals and providing emergency assistance, His Laboring Few also runs the Harvest Camp, a place where recovering addicts can receive treatment and get their life back on track. The nonprofit will serve thousands of meals over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
For more information, visit hlfm.org or call Robin St. John at 259-9948.


Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or duke@tvilletimes.com.