Cumberland County church seeks new home


The Garden of Light Church provides food for the less fortunate. They don't 'know what they'll do if they're forced to close.

"God is doing something every day for this ministry," said Pastor Sheteka Dunlap.

Dunlap calls her eviction a test of faith.

"So when a challenge like this comes along, we begin to pray more. We fast more," said Dunlap. "I'm excited about what God is going to do."

For the past ten years, the church's tiny congregation of less than a two dozen members has been a beacon of hope, and a sanctuary of compassion for the homeless and hungry.

"We have people in here at 8 a.m., and we would not even be here," said Dunlap. "We have had people sleep in the parking lot waiting for the doors to open."

Besides operating a food pantry, and a clothing closet, the church also teaches adult computer classes, and even hands out cash to help pay someone's bills.

The pastor says it is a church all week long, but now the church has to find a new home. Someone bought the steel frame building, and gave the Garden of Life Church a 30 day notice.

Now, Dunlap says she and her flock will have to live what they preach and minister -- trusting God.

She says they're not worried.

"It's exciting. My faith tells me this is a new era, and like someone said now I am enlarging my tent," said Dunlap. "We are out here doing it for someone else, not ourselves."

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