Local church gives special gift to Mid-South woman

A disabled Memphis woman is has no worries about gas or electricity. That's because on Sunday, members at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church gave Minnie Parish a special gift.

It was all part of the congregations new plan to reach out to the community.

Legally blind and walking with the aid of a cane, Minnie Parish stopped by Amazing Grace Lutheran Church to say thanks.

"I feel fine. I'm surprised and blessed, and I'm thankful," said Parrish.

Parrish is thankful that when the church launched a city wide contest to find and help someone in need, they decided to help Parrish.

"It's a comfort, its just the fact that somebody thought of you and somehow with the hundreds of people that name was submitted that my name would be selected I was surprised," said Parrish.

Parrish's utility check from the church totaled $350. Church leaders say it's better to give than receive.

"And then when Ms. Minnie was chosen it was even greater when I found out that she was visually impaired legally blind and how much better could our prayers been answered than that that God would give us someone who was not only needy but someone who was beyond needy," says Deacon Wally Bostelmann.

Parrish says she has struggled to keep utility costs down. The church's gift is an answer to her prayers, "yeah, I pray for lower bills all the time I prayer for lower bills.

Church leaders are already working on plans to help other seniors in the future.


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