Partners in Health and Wholeness co-hosted a youth conference on Saturday, July 12, with Empowering Word Ministries in Wadesboro. I was honored to be able to participate as a PHW intern. Empowering Word Ministries Church held a spirit filled-praise and worship service with groups from the community and surrounding counties on Friday night, which I attended.
In addition to the worship service, Empowering Word Ministries Church and Partners in Health and Wholeness were able to partner in a healthy lifestyle ministry the next day. Participants were able to share in the healthy cooking classes, including organic and locally raised veggies and fruits as well as homemade smoothies to enjoy. In addition, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Jackie and Cassie Wilson of Wadesboro who were the chef managers of the kitchen at the church. The Wilson couple produced some delicious choices of chicken wraps on Friday night and were in charge of the vegan taco salad bar where you could pick your own organic and locally produced toppings on Saturday.
Jackie and I really got to know each other well while preparing our “famous vegetarian chili beans” for the taco salad bar. I must say that cooking healthy wasn’t something that either of us had much practice with, but we were both willing to try. However, while cooking for hours in the kitchen we began to share stories of our families, health and careers and began to develop a mutual respect for each other and produced some pretty good chili. I really felt at home with Jackie, his church family and his personal family as well. I would welcome the opportunity to help out again. Thanks to Jackie Wilson and his family and Empowering Word Ministries Church.
— Johnny Rogers, PHW UNC-Pembroke Intern