Published: January 12, 2006 | 3264th good news item since 2003
Today has been set aside to honor Martin County’s “angel of mercy.”
The county commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday night to declare today Lula Brown Day in Martin County.
“Through her Christ-like love for her fellow man, she has brought renewed hope to those on their last hope,” Mort Hurst, the commissioners’ chairman, said before the vote.
Brown, pastor and co-founder of New Fellowship Christian Church, has provided food boxes to the needy and sent relief supplies to people affected by 2005’s Gulf Coast hurricanes, according to a resolution voted on by the commissioners.
Brown is founder of Project Feed the 5,000, “which provides meals for the needy each November for Thanksgiving and each December for Christmas,” the resolution continues.
In 1999, Brown “set up, directed and operated a Hurricane Floyd distribution center to assist those who lost everything in the ‘Flood of the Century,’” the document reads.
Brown’s own home was flooded during Floyd but, the next day, she passed out food, water and clothing to residents who needed it, said her daughter, Stephanie, who accompanied the pastor to Wednesday night’s board session.
“I am blessed to have a mother who loves the entire world,” the daughter said.
Brown, a “Moses of our times,” helps address gaps existing aid agencies can’t fill, said Reginald Speight, director of Martin Community Action, one of those aid agencies.
MCA refers clients to Brown, Speight related.
Asked what might have happened had Brown not gone into the service she pursues, Speight replied, “It’s hard to even put that into words.”
After the board announced the rare honor Brown would receive, the audience gave the community activist a standing ovation.
Asked during an interview how she felt about the recognition bestowed on her by the county board, Brown recalled her husband, Columbus, who died seven years ago at the age of 62. He was the co-founder of the church of which she serves as pastor.
“I just want to say that I feel like I’m so blessed to have people who love me and people who support me and care for me,” Brown commented. “It’s been very difficult to continue to do the things that the Lord wants me to do without my husband. We were married 43 years. But I have found strength in the love that we had together, and I know that he would want me to go on and do all of the things that we had planned to do.”