September 2, 2014

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In my Opinion

By Bill Sherry

What is the Grover Hill Area Ministerial Association?

You may or may not have ever asked yourself that question, so I think for my opinion this month I will provide readers with some facts about this organization that has its roots firmly planted in the flatlands of eastern Paulding County.

The basic core unit of the Grover Hill Area Ministerial Association (GHAMA) consists of 12 small churches in eastern Paulding County. The ministers and lay leaders from these churches meet quarterly to discuss and plan for activities that will help those in need both spiritually and physically. Our primary focus is involved with community spirituality as collectively we conduct Holy Week services, a Summerfest service in the park, Advent community services, and Lenten community services each year.

The GHAMA is fully “faith based” with a 100 percent volunteer core. All products, money, food or other items are provided to needy families free of charge or obligation. No one takes a salary or any expenses from the GHAMA funding; everything is done by volunteers who are extremely faithful in our efforts.

The primary focus the GHAMA goes into the Grover Hill Food Pantry, which serves all of Paulding County and two townships in Van Wert County. There are about 100-110 families per month that receive about a week’s supply of food from the food pantry. We spend about $500-$1,500 per month on food and supplies to distribute to the needy. The cost of the food and supplies depends on the source of our supply.