RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) –
Last night, Fremont County School District 25 board meeting had a special presentation to give a volunteer award to Set Free Church. When this church and recovery program volunteers around the community, they’re not in it to get recognized, but last night, that’s exactly what happened.
Appointed member of the FCSD#25 Recreation Board, Cody Beers, stated this about giving the award: “It’s one of the coolest parts about being on the rec board because we all want Riverton, Fremont County, the state of Wyoming to be a better place. In our state, the way it becomes a better place is by volunteerism.”
For about 15 years, the District 25 Recreation Board has been doing the awards program to recognize people trying to turn the community into a better place. Set Free doesn’t use any grant funds, so they raise all the money for their service program though donations from volunteering for jobs around town. Pastor Richard Mills and his wife Cynthia noted some of their typical service projects are hauling trash, mowing lawns, and serving senior citizens. Donations are received for some jobs, but not all and that doesn’t concern this couple who are devoted to service.
“Proverbs 22:1 says ‘A good name is to be chosen over silver and gold,’ so it’s really opened up a wonderful relationship with many parts of the town and community by doing stuff like this,” added the pastor.
Pastor Richard moved to Riverton from California to start the church 12 years ago. They have served 1,600 people experiencing life crises such as addiction, homelessness, or a lack of purpose in life.
“Everyone deserves to be given a second chance. We know from personal experience how painful it can feel to be misunderstood or judged,” stated Cody Beers in the presentation ceremony. The program allows a safe environment for people to be given a second chance, while being supplied the tools to start over.
“We owe everything to Jesus Christ, we wouldn’t be here, we wouldn’t be together, we wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing in the town if it wasn’t for our love for Jesus,” stated Pastor Richard.
The church will also be serving takeaway Thanksgiving meals tomorrow to shut-ins in Fremont County, and also will serve people a meal to go for anyone who calls the church at (307) 463-2095 or comes to the church at 620 West Adams St. in Riverton.
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