Community Outreach Effort

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Chris Shelton and Ashley Williams discuss child hunger during the filming of "A Call to Honor" at the Rector Public Library

Pastor Chris Shelton of ROCK Ministries is uniting his efforts to share testimonies and strengthen the human spirit with the work and stories of others through his new program on YHC TV, "A Call to Honor." Shelton joined with 2013 Miss NEA Fair and active missionary Ashley Williams for production of the first show this past week at the Rector Public Library.

With his new television program, Shelton chose a strong lineup in his interview of Williams. Shelton noted the 20-year-old Williams is someone "who just makes a difference" through her involvement in a number of programs and activities.

Williams, a junior studying Early Childhood Education at Arkansas State University, is active in promoting efforts to stop child hunger throughout not only Arkansas, but around the world. She is actively working with the NEA Food Bank in Jonesboro in order to raise awareness of the need locally. September served as Hunger Awareness Month, yet the need remains year-round.

"Arkansas is the number one state in child hunger," Williams said. "I think a lot of people don't understand just how much of a need there is here. There's a strong need for people to donate food, money and time in order to help overcome this. The food banks are some families' only option when it comes to having enough food for their home."

Williams, who is a member of Nettleton Baptist Church, spent a week in Haiti as part of the Praying Pelicans group May 18 -- 24. While there, Williams joined others in working with His Way Ministry, working with young children in need. She also spent much of her spring break this past year working with Beach Reach in Panama City, aiding in a Bible Camp and providing support for college students, often dealing with the after-effects of overindulging in the notorious "party scene."

The first episode will also include an interview with Chris' son, Adam, whose faith helped him survive an automobile accident. In a nationally-televised interview on the Christian Television Network, Adam recalled bandaging his head after losing most of his ear, and walking miles to safety in spite of blood loss and freezing temperatures. Adam has endured multiple surgeries to repair the damage, maintaining a positive, spiritual attitude which is serving him well. Adam is finishing his degree and is already working for a large national company in Kansas City.

"Adam's experience has had a profound effect on his life and that of our family," Shelton said. "He's sharing his testimony with others and making a difference in their lives, as well."

The program will be airing numerous times throughout October with future episodes on the way.

"A Call to Honor" shares its name with Shelton's community praise and prayer rallies, the next of which will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Oasis Church parking lot in St. Francis. The rally will feature different pastors and guests speaking and praying for America, families, schools, law enforcement, prosperity, political leaders and members of the military.

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