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Living Free adds more meetings

Tommy Wilson founded Living Free Ministries in 2005.

By Zack Steen

zsteen@dailycorinthian.com

Living Free Ministries is breaking barriers across the region.

Founder Tommy Wilson and his wife, Marea, begin the ministry in Corinth in 2005.

"God opened up the door for me to start Living Free Ministries to help people who are stuck in the same horrible pit I was in at one time in my life," said Wilson. "I know that Jesus is the answer, and my desire is to share that with everyone."

Wilson and his team, including woman's director Polly Johnson and residential program director Perry Hudson, are dedicated to helping people with life controlling issues find freedom, healing and deliverance in Jesus Christ.

They accomplish their task through a residential program and non-residential meetings, support groups and bible studies held throughout the area.

In recent months, the team has expanded meeting offerings.

"We've been able to get into some areas to help teach people new approaches to life using the Word of God, the Spirit of God and the People of God," said Wilson.

One of the newest will be Living Free's first move into Tishomingo County.

Support group training will take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dennis Methodist Church. The public is invited and a lunch will be served.

Wilson said he and Skip Arp "" a Living Free community member and trainer for churches who want to offer support groups "" will work with church pastor, Nathon Hodum to start the program.

"This church is really opening the doors for the hurting folks in their community," said the Wilson.

An additional two group meetings will soon be added to East Booneville Baptist Church's lineup in Prentiss County.

Wilson is also excited to host a Hope Weekend in August at the Booneville church, as well as beginning a 12-step recovery program there.

"I'm so thankful that we are able to continue working and adding more meetings in Booneville," said Wilson. "East Booneville Pastor Steve Howell has been wonderfully supportive of our programs."

Living Free is often the starting point for people who need long-term care. Whether by meeting physical needs or spiritual needs, the ministry has helped thousands of people in the North Mississippi and West Tennessee area.

There is no cost to attend a Living Free program and all programs are open to the public.

In Corinth, a meal and group meeting happen on Mondays at 6 p.m., while 6 p.m. on Thursdays kick off a celebration night and a meal. The meals are often donated and provided to Living Free at no cost from area churches and other nonprofits.

A men's group bible study and breakfast is also held on Saturday mornings at 6:45 a.m.

These meetings take place at the Living Free building at 2024 Highway 72 Annex.

Oakland Baptist Church on Harper Road is also the site of a 6 p.m. bible student and group meeting.

In Tippah County, a meal and group meeting takes place each Wednesday at 6 p.m. at County Line Baptist Church in Walnut.

Living Free also makes visits to the Alcorn Alternative School and the Regional Correctional Facility.

(For more information on group meetings, visit livingfreecorinth.com or contact 662-603-9829. Donations are also accepted on the website.)