Pastor serves on same streets he once sold drugs

McDonough pastor Terrell Scott regularly walks the streets in one of Henry County’s roughest neighborhoods, praying for people who live in fatherless homes surrounded by drugs and gangs and a general air of hopelessness.

On Thursdays, members of his church, Passion-Life, and others in the community will gather here at the McDonough Housing Authority complex, first to pray, then fan out to spread tangible love.

They’ll give out “grace” bags filled with hygiene items, snacks, and other donated odds and ends. Once, they distributed boxes of butter and yogurt.

The River Refuge/Malachi Project is one of action. Scott founded the nonprofit community development organization about six years ago to serve families and children living in low-income housing. They have an after-school program for children and mentoring groups for middle and high school students. Volunteers consistently reach out to families with acts of love and kindness.

“We’ve been able to affect the community,” the 39-year-old pastor said. “We’re not just putting pop-up tents then leaving; we’re boots on the ground. We walk the streets praying for people.”

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Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution