Pastor of the Week: March 27, 2013

caines | 3/28/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Pastor spreads generosity in the community Omega Power and Praise Ministry, Inc.s church members and volunteers, spent last Thursday morning at Olinda and Martin Luther King elementary schools brightening the students day by handing out Easter baskets. This week, they will give more baskets to other children of the community at Charles Hadley Park on Thursday and also host a community picnic nearby the church on Saturday. In preparation of these acts of service, the Omega representatives worked morning, noon and night putting together about 2,000 Easter baskets. When [the students] are presented with these [gifts], their faces are priceless, said Adriana Sanabria, school counselor of Olinda Elementary. Were so blessed that they chose us to be a part of this. Reaching out and giving back to the community is a common effort to those who are affiliated with Omega Power and Praise Ministry, because the churchs pastor, Overseer Dr. Harriette Wilson-Greene, 58, believes that it is important to go out into the community and serve others. Wilson-Greene, who had first learned the importance of assisting others from her mother, expressed that biblically, Christians are encouraged to reach out to those in the community. Jesus said he came for the lost, the least and the left out, therefore you have to go out into the vineyard, she said. He said my harvest is plentiful, but my laborers are few because he knew a lot of people would not do this work. Every Monday, more than 120 families who are in need, receive food from the church. The church also serves the youth with several programs, such as: tutoring, summer camp and mentoring.

Gratitude for Wilson-Greene expressed by others

I love helping the community, Tyjah Hill, 19, a member of the church and a student at St. Thomas University, said. Thats one of my favorite things about going to that church. Along with having the opportunity to help others, since becoming a member at Omega Power and Praise Ministry, Hill believes that she has grown as a Christian, thanks to Wilson-Greene, who both Hill and her mother, Eugia Jackson, 37, describe as an awesome woman and prophet of God. The way she preaches helps you apply [the word] to everyday life, said Hill. She helped me become a better person. I can honestly say Im a more firm believer in Christ. Parnice Lee, who volunteers with the ministry, has enjoyed serving the community with the church so much that she has brought others, including her sister, Darnice Brown to help out. Rev. Apostle Willie Harris, the overseer of Gods House Outreach Ministries, a church that is nearby Omega Power and Praise Ministry said he and his wife supports what Wilson-Greene does as the leader of the church. I noticed that she does so much and . . . its behind the scenes, he said.We embrace it because a lot of churches dont do what [they] do. By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com