Hillary Will Visits Metro Ministries in NY Over Easter weekend, Hillary Will, who normally spends her time driving an 8000-plus horsepower Top Fuel dragster in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, accepted an invitation from Pastor Bill Wilson...
Hillary Will Visits Metro Ministries in NY
Over Easter weekend, Hillary Will, who normally spends her time driving an 8000-plus horsepower Top Fuel dragster in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, accepted an invitation from Pastor Bill Wilson to join him as he ministers to kids in the Brooklyn area of New York City.
"As a result of being introduced to Pastor Wilson at a race in Gainesville, I read his book /Whose Child is This?/" said Will. "The book talks about his organization and why it exists. I thought it would be interesting to see for myself what the ministry was all about and headed to New York"
Bill Wilson is the Senior Pastor and Founder of Metro Ministries, in Brooklyn, NY, reaching over 20,000 inner city children 12 years old and under each week in New York and an additional 10,000 a week in the Philippines. His progressive mission is to find and rescue the children left behind in this battleground of drugs, violence, abuse, and filth. Wilson's model for changing lives of urban youth is now in operation in hundreds of cities around the world.
"The area that Metro Ministries covers is the roughest area that I have seen in this country," recalled Will as she described her visit. "I was definitely on edge during my visit. Pastor Wilson works day in and day out to provide hope for the kids living in this area, many of whom come from broken families. The ministry gives kids living in the ghetto, who are from these broken families, hope."
Along with Pastor Wilson, or Pastor Bill as he is known to the kids, Will visited in the homes of some of the kids. "It was tough being in some of these homes, and it was even tougher leaving these kids there. One young girl we met had recently been beaten by her brother's gang. With every home we went to, each child had a different story. Each was struggling to survive. Their faces lit up when they saw Pastor Bill. Talking about meeting for Sunday school made them smile and have something to get excited about. It was amazing to me that in the middle of the darkness, these kids had something to look forward to," said Will.
"On Saturday morning, Pastor Bill and his dedicated employees take their fleet of yellow school buses and go through the streets picking up kids of all ages. They bring them to one meeting place where they sing, dance, pray and have a good time. It takes a lot of dedicated people to make this happen. Metro Ministries has 150 full-time staff members," added Will.
On their website (www.metroministries.com) Pastor Bill relates that: "Visitation is key to the continuing success and growth of the program. Every child receives a personal home visit from one of the 150 full-time staff or 400 trained volunteers each week."
"More than 20,000 kids come through this ministry each week," said Will. "Being there made me realize how insignificant my worries are relative to other problems in the world and this is right in our own backyard. But there is so much more that can and needs to be done."
Like many organizations, Metro Ministries is limited by funding. Pastor Wilson has devoted his life to raising revenue for this organization. "People and businesses involved in the NHRA have proved to be very philanthropic. I think Metro Ministries is deserving of help from our sport because of what they do for kids. I'm currently working with Pastor Wilson to determine what we could do that would benefit them the most. We may do a fund raising event in the near future. I will show my support by offering limited edition Girl Power Racing apparel for sale where some of the proceeds will go toward the ministry. The possibilities for helping are limitless," concluded Will.