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Opinion Column by Greg J. Dixon
The Persecution of a CHURCH for the Needy/Hungry: Its Birth, Its Rise & Fall
This fascinating true story began in 1997 when Pastor Wiley Drake of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park California began inviting the homeless and hungry to his church. Dr. Drake was the 2nd Vice-President of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2007 and The Vice–Presidential Candidate for the American Independent Party for the State of California in 2008. The City of Buena Park had basically pulled the plug on the homeless and when they had no place to go, they asked Dr. Drake if they could sleep on the church breeze way which he gave permission. When the weather turned cold he allowed them to come inside and sleep on the church pews.
Not long after the crowd grew in great numbers as many were fed, clothed, mentored, and cleaned up both spiritually and physically. Medical supplies were provided for the sick, free laundry, showers, haircuts and a fresh resume helped many get back
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