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Old Mill Ministries’ Christmas Celebration serves over 600 people

By Lacy Hilliard
Andy and Lisa Zeggert have made their marks in Johnson County in a big way. The husband and wife team have formed and carried out more missions in this county in the years they’ve been here than most could hope to accomplish in a lifetime. One of their largest and most anticipated events through the ministry they call “Old Mill Ministries” is the Christmas Celebration, which took place on December 20 at Johnson County High School.
The Christmas Celebration is held annually and for some local residents, it’s the only semblance of a holiday gathering that they’ll take part in this year. The doors opened at 11:30 a.m. to a long line already forming – a clear reminder of the desperate need for outreach ministries in the community. The Christmas Celebration provides participants with a hot holiday meal consisting of turkey, ham and all the trimmings, coats, new shoes, several gently used clothing items , toys and household items, as well as a new toy for the each child in attendance and gift boxes filled with hygiene and toiletry items. This year, the celebration served 610 people within the Johnson County community. The numbers included more than 260 children and 42 infants and toddlers.
This massive undertaking is a true labor of love, as are all of the outreach programs created by Old Mill Ministries. The Zeggerts have give freely of their time and resources with absolutely no regard for themselves. They see a need and they create a solution. It’s clear that the Zeggert’s feel it is their mission to carry out the teachings of Jesus Christ by providing relief to those in desperate need. They do so with such vigor and selflessness that they’ve been forced to make some tough decisions as of late.
The Zeggert’s will be leaving their home in Johnson County in order to pursue career opportunities as well as to expand their ministry. Though the Zeggert’s will no longer reside in Johnson County, both Andy and Lisa have made it clear that their positive works in Johnson County will continue, “We are not leaving –we’re growing. We will be relocating to Wilson, NC. However, our ministry is touching more lives in more areas. Wilson, NC is no different. We find about 26% of the population living in poverty, which represents between 12,500 and 13,000 men, women and children. That represents about 300% more people struggling and living in poverty than in Johnson County. The need is greater than we can imagine. But God is greater than any problem we face,” said Andy. He went on to say “ Our outreach events will not stop in Johnson County, TN. We will continue to hold our Back to School Bash and Christmas Celebration each year. We will continue to hold our special Healing Services and Saturday Nite Alive outreaches for our teens. We have two associate pastors who will continue to visit, counsel and minister to the needs of people. They will continue to oversee the local ministries like our jail ministry, our senior’s ministry, and our life groups will continue to teach and help people grow even further in the Lord. We will also continue our weekly Sunday afternoon Praise and Worship services. We have many ministry leaders who are completely sold out to serving the Lord and the needs of Johnson County. Old Mill Ministries Outreach is our outreach arm and Freedom Christian Center is the name of our nondenominational church. Regardless of which arm of ministry, we will always work together to serve the needs of Johnson County and continue the work God set in motion over seven years ago.”
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