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Highway Ministries offers hope to those in need
By Cora Jackson-Fossett (Religion Editor)
Published November 26, 2014

Pastor Willie and Rev. Jini Cockroft

People struggling with poverty, substance abuse, homelessness and often hopelessness can find refuge at Highway Ministries, a Christian nonprofit in South Los Angeles.  The organization, founded by Pastor Willie and the Rev. Jini Cockroft, offers a range of spiritual and material resources to help people improve their lives.

“Highway Ministries is a God-ordained work and a life-fulfilling ministry for both my wife and I,” said Pastor Willie, who began this mission with the Rev. Jini in 2006 by visiting neighborhood parks each Sunday to share a Gospel message and refreshments with people.

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“In 2008, we prayerfully sought God for ways to serve the community and He led us to use our location at 3430 West Slauson Avenue to engage the surrounding community through evangelistic preaching and teaching.”

At this site, spiritual needs are met through Sunday worship and church school and Wednesday prayer and Bible Study.  Physical sustenance is addressed as well with free hot breakfast served on Sundays, van transportation to and from the ministry, life-skills counsel, economic assistance through small loans and job projects, and monthly clothing giveaway.

“We were blessed in 2009 to open Highway House at the same location, a sober living home with affordable rooms for men and women,” said the Rev. Jini. 

“The facility is managed by Randolph Brown, who is also an experienced substance abuse counselor. It can accommodate up to nine adults who have the ability to live independently,” she explained.

While persons with severe mental disorders or physical disabilities are not accepted for residency, Highway Ministries does provide referral services to appropriate assisted living homes.

“Overall, Highway Ministries is committed to preaching the Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ to the unsaved, nurturing Christian growth among the saved, and offering tangible help to those in need,” said Pastor Willie.

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“We welcome your prayers for the overall ministry and if you would like to contribute, we will gladly accept donations of clean items in good condition for our clothing giveaways, toiletries for men and women, household cleaning items and of course, monetary donations,” he added.

To learn more about Highway Ministries and Highway House, call (323) 299-7758 or visit hwmin.org.

 

 

 

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