Region 8 Church Distributes Fans

August 7, 2007 - Posted at 5:14 p.m. CDT

PARAGOULD, AR-As Jeff Robbins unpacks a fan provided by Greater Vision Ministries, he is thankful for the relief this could provide him and his family.

"I think it's a blessing and a good thing in the warm weather. We really appreciate their concern," said Robbins.

Pastor Rick Ethridge and his son Justin rolled out to homes throughout the day Tuesday, as part of their ministry.

"The Bible says it's more blessed to give, than to receive. When you help somebody out, He says when you've done it to these, you've done it to Me. It's just a wonderful warm feeling to help these people," said Ethridge.

Greater Vision Ministries says with temperatures soaring near 100 degrees, they want to help those that may be struggling to stay cool.

"We have a lot of low-income families, a lot of elderly, a lot of handicapped. Sometimes they can't afford air conditioning, even if they have air conditioners. Sometimes the fan just makes a difference," said Ethridge.

Jeanette Hendrickson plans on using her fan to keep her son cool after he has surgery.

"I think it's great. I really appreciate it," said Hendrickson.

For Robbins, however, this could be the end of a very sticky summer.

"So far it's been very warm and sweaty, and sometimes irritating. This fan is going to help relieve some of the stress in the evenings I think," said Robbins.

As he turns on the power of his new electric breeze, he had this to say.

"I think that's a great thing right there, to cool down."

For that reason, Ethridge and his church say they plan to keep on delivering fans to residents in need.

"We're going to give fans out until people quit calling," said Ethridge.

If you would like to contact Greater Vision Ministries about receiving a fan, you can call them at 870-239-4005.

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