Car show to help jail ministry

Car enthusiasts will have the opportunity to participate in a local mission the community has supported for 11 years in the upcoming car show at Harvest Baptist Church, 1301 Navajo Trail, Wapakoneta, to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30.

All cars, trucks and motorcycles are encouraged to enter the drive-by car show, with a requested donation to benefit Mercy Unlimited’s ministry at the Auglaize County Jail.

Prizes will be awarded to the top five vehicles, along with various other door prizes and goody bags. There will be a DJ performing, and the church will provide food and refreshments for donations toward the ministry.

Mercy Unlimited Office Manager Bernice Rohdes said the local food pantry and outreach center began funding the jail ministry in 2003. Around that time, Harvest Baptist members Joy and Keith Rohn, interested in starting a car show, asked where the funds were most needed. The car show has since benefited the jail ministry.

“Now we’re just praying for good weather,” Rohdes said.

Due to need and resources available, Mercy Unlimited’s ministry focuses on ministering specifically to men inside the Auglaize County Jail. The ministry consists of three regular programs, including a chapel service, a Celebrate Recovery class and a Dad’s Coaching class.

“There was just over 1,300 inmates served, with a total of $6,100 in one year,” Rohdes said.

For the full story, see the Tuesday, Aug. 26 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.