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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096
August 29, 2013
Christian Ministry Feeding Homeless; Threatened by Police with Jail Time
Christians Criticized for Not Caring for Poor Now Threatened With Arrest for Feeding Homeless

American Family Association (AFA, AFA.net) has a question for the Raleigh N.C. Police Department:  Why would you prohibit a Christian ministry from feeding the homeless? 

Christians in Raleigh, N.C. have been told they will be arrested if they don't stop their regular ministry of feeding homeless and needy people on weekends. 

Without just cause or legal citation, Raleigh police threatened Love Wins Ministries (LWM) for following Jesus' teachings to feed the poor and simply handing food and coffee to hungry people near a city park. 

According to Rev. Hugh Hollowell, the pastor and director of LWM, last Saturday, sausage biscuits and coffee were to be distributed to people in need. 

"On that morning three officers from the Raleigh Police Department prevented us from doing our work, for the first time ever. An officer said, quite bluntly, that if we attempted to distribute food, we would be arrested," the pastor said. 

Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association stated, “First Christians are accused of not having enough compassion; that we don’t care for the poor.  Now the Raleigh police are prohibiting the hungry and homeless in their city from receiving food from Love Wins Ministries.  It seems that in this situation, nobody wins. We can’t figure out what these folks want – do you want the Christian Church to step up and help, or do you want another government program to handle the hunger problem?Raleigh's mayor and city council need to make up their minds, step up to the plate and support ministries like Love Wins Ministries who are reaching out to those who need to be fed.” 

The pastor wrote in his blog that no representative from the Raleigh Police Department was willing to tell them which ordinance they broke, or why, after six years and countless friendly and cooperative encounters with the department, they are now preventing LWM from feeding hungry people," "When I asked the officer why, he said that he was not going to debate me. 'I am just telling you what is. Now you pass out that food, you will go to jail.'" 

Pastor Hugh's response, regardless of any law the city may have, is an encouragement to other Christians. "Simple: We will feed people."

TheAmerican Family Associationhas urged its entire 1.8 million member network to contact Raleigh officialsand appeal to them to allow Christians in their community to continue to feed the poor. 

For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net. 

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To interview a representative from American Family Association, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096. 

American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time.  Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association (AFA) in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with over two million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry's monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio (AFR) banner.  

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and OneNewsNow.com, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as OneMillionMoms.com and OneMillionDads.com that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA web sites average over 40 million hits and five million visitors each month. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America. 

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