Earlier this month, Little Faith Ministries celebrated its first year in Tiffin with an open house. The festivities included a video, music and a potluck dinner at 281 N. Sandusky St. The non-denominational Christian church opened last April and now has about 50 members.
Pastor Leonard Little said he and his son Christopher co-founded the church. A graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School and former Navy SEAL, Christopher also had been the owner of Damon's restaurant in Sandusky; however, last December, he suffered two aneurisms that took his life.
Leonard said he and his son had "talked about it for about two years. He passed away and I finished it up for him. I've been in the ministry since 1974. I pastored down in Carey two years, pastored in Sandusky UM Church for 22 years."
Leonard also led a church in Fremont and Tiffin Freewill Baptist Church prior to taking the helm at Little Faith. Audie Murphy of Sycamore serves as assistant pastor.
One of the church's first projects was to accept the garments from the clothing bank that had been operating at Tiffin Developmental Center with a grant from Tiffin Charitable Trust. The grant has been extended to the new location. Sarah Ann Kiser said the ministry has been "going strong." She and Doris Jackson manage the clothing bank, which is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday and other times by appointment. Clients can use the building's side entrance.
"We had hundreds of people that came in and got from kids' clothes to adult clothes. We had coats we gave out. We also, with Hurricane Sandy, sent clothes two different times for that, from our clothing bank. And it seemed as fast as we would send them out, the Lord would put them back. We've have a lot of good people donating, and we've had really good stuff - clean and in good condition," Kiser said.
The pastor said about four truckloads of clothes and shoes also went to The Salvation Army in Toledo. The church also contributes to Myra's Mountain Shoes in Appalachia. Kiser said community members can drop off donations during regular hours on Friday or they can call her at (419) 443-5135 or Little at ((419) 552-1263 to arrange for a drop-off time.
Right now, the church is working to establish a food pantry. Kiser said Little Faith hosted a vacation Bible school last summer at Oakley Park. It is to take place again this year, but the dates for 2013 have not been decided. The church has a website, www.alittlefaithministries.org, with photos of past activities and a schedule of events.