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Hedrick speaks on ramp ministry at Lions Club

by Amber McDown

Lane Hedrick, a member of the ramp ministry performed by Men of Courage, served as the guest speaker at the Minden Lions Club meeting on April 25. The ramp ministry, which builds handicapped ramps for those in need, has been a beacon of hope for many in Webster Parish.

Hedrick highlighted the ministry’s mission of providing free handicapped ramps to those who require assistance entering and exiting their homes. “Through this ministry, we are able to reach many people with news of the Lord,” said Hedrick.

One touching story Hedrick shared involved an elderly lady who, despite having limited resources, insisted on feeding the crew. Her act of generosity touched many hearts, leading a man to restock her cupboards after hearing about her kindness. “That’s how this ministry works. It’s very far-reaching. We’ve had people get saved through these ministries on the day that we built a ramp,” explained Hedrick.

Remarkably, the ramp ministry has never faced a resource shortage. When a need arises, Hedrick visits the location to assess the requirements. Materials are primarily sourced from Interstate Building Materials or Ace Hardware, both of which provide discounts to support the ministry. Additionally, donations from various businesses and individuals contribute to the ministry’s success.

For those interested in supporting the ramp ministry, Hedrick suggested making a payment toward their bill at Interstate Building Materials or donating cash during the Men of Courage meetings at the Civic Center.

Hedrick emphasized the diverse support the ministry receives, saying, “There are men in this community from all walks and all denominations of life who show up and help us build these ramps. It’s a blessing.” He particularly appreciates the involvement of cadets from the Youth Challenge Program, as it allows the men to impart skills and share their faith with the cadets.

In closing, Hedrick encouraged everyone to follow God’s guidance. “Just do what He says. He’s our God. He’s the God of all creation.” He also challenged individuals to identify those in the community who lack support and to become a positive presence in their lives. “Find somebody in our community that doesn’t have anybody in their lives and be that somebody in their lives. Let’s seek those people out. That’s what Jesus told us to do. Find those people and serve those people.”

The Minden Lions Club welcomes potential new members interested in serving the community. Meetings are held every Thursday at noon at the American Legion Memorial Hall, located at 119 W. Pine St. in downtown Minden.

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