Local church members have been working hard for two days in order to develop relationships throughout the community.
Members of the Meridian District of the United Methodist Church hosted a conference called, 'Building Bridges through Relationships'.
The conference started Friday and lasted all day. It began again Saturday at 8a.m. and wrapped up at 6:30p.m.
Rudy Rasmus co-pastors the St. John's United Methodist Church located in downtown Houston. He acted as the keynote speaker for the conference. He says the focus of the conference is to develop relationships between the poor and the church.
"In every city, I tell people all of the time, the greatness of the city is determined by how that city treats its poorest resident. When we do what we can for the least of us, we do what we can for those who find themselves in the throws of economic deprivation, then we have actually done something for not just that individual, but our entire community," explains Pastor Rasmus.
Break out sessions were also hosted by representatives from Hope Ministries of Greenville, Mississippi, the Wesley House Community Center and New Wine Ministries of Meridian, and Parents of Public Schools of Meridian.