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John 3:16 Mission: 'We're having to deal with more people than we've ever seen.'

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Posted at 9:37 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 22:57:59-05

TULSA, Okla. — In this season where togetherness means a lot, volunteers at John 3:16 Mission make sure Christmas fellowship lasts four nights in a row. Meals and gifts are given to those without a home to go to.

The mission started Sunday night. The last holiday dinner is served Christmas night.

John 3:16 Mission’s President and CEO, Reverend Steve Whitaker, says their busy kitchen feeds a lot of bellies.

"We're having to deal with more people than we've ever seen, more new homeless than we've ever seen," Rev. Whitaker said.

One of them is Kerry Townsell. He moved into Tulsa from Dallas to get back on his feet.

"My goal, here, is to get off the streets. That's my goal. Without my family, kind of down, a little bit," Townsell said. "With the ministry here, they lighten things up. It's really a blessing to be here."

Monday night’s serving of ham and potatoes brought out some of the comfort of home.

"Lots of volunteers to make people feel as well as they can when you're living with the circumstance of being homeless," Rev. Whitaker said.

To keep serving a large amount of people, Rev. Whitaker says they need help with donations, which can be done online.

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