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Lenoir outreach center being evicted


Pastor Rick Bowman loaded a shopping cart full of food and handed it to the next person in a long line of folks looking for help.

"We're doing God's work," he said. Bowman and his wife head up the Crossroads Community Church and the Storehouse Daily Bread Ministry.

The two were started seven years ago in a vacant building on highway 18 in the furniture district of Lenoir. They thought the owner of the buildings had given them to them.

"We had some paperwork," said Bowman, but they didn't have a deed. It turns out, money was owed on the property and when the recession hit, the owners of the buildings went bankrupt and the buildings went into foreclosure.

Bowman says he was informed that as time would come when they would have to leave.  Now the bank says a new buyer has been found and the church and food ministry must vacate the premises by the middle of this week.

"God has a plan for us," said Bowman. "We just don't know what it is yet."

The ministry hands out thousands of bags of food every month. Clint Bowman was there today. he's been out of work for some time and is not receiving any unemployment benefits.

"This and food stamps is all I have to survive on," he said. Others echoed that sentiment. "They's no jobs at all," said one woman. "If places like this close I don't know what we all will do."

Workers who were filling up bags and moving people through Monday morning said they were confident something will happen to keep the business of helping people going. "God's in control," said one woman.

"Our work will go on somewhere."  Pastor Rick said he is talking with attorneys to see what his next step will be.

"I have no ill will to anyone in all this," he said. "It's just a bad situation and we're caught in the middle."

Church officials hope to know by the end of the week where they can continue their ministry.

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