Each and every day we all face life’s challenges and struggles. For many of us, how we choose to deal with those issues can be life changing. Jonathan Alford knows this all too well, and his passion to help those facing such adversities has taken him to the doors of the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission. This non-profit organization provides emergency shelter for men, women, and families who are homeless and in need of help. As a volunteer mentor, Mr. Alford invests in the lives of both children and adults; helps to organize activities; leads Bible studies; serves food to the hungry; and volunteers as a coach for the organization’s softball team!
Mr. Alford finds inspiration for his volunteer work from the words of James 2:18, “But someone will say, you have faith and I have works. Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
In addition to his service with the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission, Mr. Alford volunteers for the United Way installing air conditioners for the organization’s Beat the Heat program. He has also begun helping with the Shadetree Church outreach ministry.
“I get satisfaction from volunteering because I have the privilege of seeing people’s lives changing and God working. There’s a satisfaction I get from knowing I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing and that God is using me ‘in spite of me,’ ” Mr. Alford said.
Mr. Alford was born and raised in Longview and is a graduate of Spring Hill High School. He is continuing his education through an internship program at Hiway 80 Rescue Mission. Mr. Alford is an active member of New Beginnings Baptist Church where he serves as an usher and greeter, and he recently returned to Longview after a two-week mission trip in Africa.
For more information on the services and ministries provided at the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission, please call 903-759-9875, or visit www.hiway80mission.org.