Local ministry draws crowds to park with two-day event

Teresa Racer, founder, and Andrew Stump celebrate the success of the Momma T and the Warriors’ two-day outpouring of love. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Momma T and The Warriors, a local ministry through Parkersburg First Assembly of God, held a two-day outpouring of love event at the Friendship Park on 13th Street.

In connection with multiple local churches, community organizations, businesses and individuals, the event provided food, prizes, manicures, free Hepatitis A vaccines from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, live music by Andrew Stump and inspirational speakers such as Rich Waters from Hope Dealers Live.

Almost 3,000 hot dogs and other goodies were served up by three young men from Recovery Point, who volunteered their services for the event, which was Friday and Saturday.

Even after a location change and with stormy weather at times, the ministry, founded by Teresa Racer of Vienna, refused to give up hope that their love would bring the people out to be showered in blessings, the ministry said. An event geared toward children, the outpouring offered games, face painting, popcorn and Snow Cone machines and toys.

It was all free of charge. Organizers said hundreds of gifts were given out to neighborhood residents.

Gifts were given out every 10 minutes, Racer said. Gifts included bicycles, chairs and televisions.

There was lots of laughter in the park from the happy children, Racer said. Religious testimonies were given by participants.

Racer said about the event, “The reason it was such a great day was because we got to give all these children gifts, and talk to them about Jesus.”

She praised the efforts of the various organizations who helped to make the event such a huge success. “(A) huge thanks to all my Warriors that are amazing. I truly couldn’t do it without you guys.”

Her Warriors are the individuals, churches and others from all across the Mid-Ohio Valley, uniting to make sure that the people living in low-income neighborhoods know that they are loved and valued no matter their life circumstances, the ministry said. Whether it be donations of money, time, food or other items, the ministry said it is thankful for the help it receives.

Since 2018, Racer and her Warriors have served a free weekly meal to the residents of the Lynn Street neighborhood, setting up outside at the corner of Lynn and Charles streets. Last week, they served over 500 meals in less than an hour.

The ministry said the need is great but that the love of Christ is greater. So, they will keep pushing forward, trying to bring a little bit of light into the darkness, especially for the children, the ministry said.