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35 “This is a community we’re trying to take back from all the negativity that has been going on and happening out here,” she says. “It’s something we’re going to have to do together, with their help. You see an organization like Boots on the Ground, each time they come out there’s more and more people, different people. The people here see we’ve got somebody to have our back.” Boots on the ground does not hide the Christian character of the “We’re sharing the love of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God. It’s all in His hands,” Jamison says. He optimistically sees proof that Boots on the Ground is having a positive effect. outreaches, despite Muslim volunteers. Jamison and others pray boldly and loudly as the team walks through the community, picking up litter. The garbage, he says, represents sin. The filled bags are prayed over then discarded, symbolic of the power of Jesus Christ to overcome evil. Many of the volunteers are from area churches — Jamison’s Hope Baptist, First Baptist of Wilmington, Global River, New Hope and The River of Life Worship Center. During an outreach at Creekwood in December, a mobile DJ played Christian music at high volume. On the day of the shooting, for a time the basketball court had been filled with resi-dents and volunteers line dancing together. “We’re sharing the love of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God. It’s all in His hands,” Jamison says. He and his team optimistically see proof that Boots on the Ground is having a positive effect. “These people know us, they see us out here year after year, we don’t change, the quality of the food doesn’t change, the message — Jesus loves you — doesn’t change. Children are growing up with us handing them hot dogs, or a scoop of ice cream every few months. Their parents, too. That counts for something,” adds one of Jamison’s long-term team members who prefers to stay out of the limelight. “We feed people, we love them, we hug them and we’re there to share a little light in a world that can be dark. At the end of the day, it leaves a smile on your face and the desire to do it all over again.” It starts with a willingness to help, no matter the circumstances. Warm water keeps your body moving 910.686.7195 thedaviscommunity.org www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM From top: Sam Armstrong cooks hot dogs at Creekwood in December. Mealtime is a highlight of any outreach. If there is enough funding or food donations, the menu will include chicken and pork chops. Last summer Lewis Nursery & Farms in Rocky Point donated three flavors of ice cream. To receive a free bumper sticker or sponsorship information: The Dove 89.7 FM PO Box 957 • Wilmington, N.C. 28402 Tel: 910-763-2452 Fax: 910-763-6578 www.life905.com • [email protected] PHOTO BY SIMON GONZALEZ PHOTO BY ANDREW SHERMAN


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