When Living Free Ministries Founder and Director Tommy Wilson started his non-profit organization in February 2005, he hoped but never dreamed he would be able to reach so many in the community.
“Through our support groups, I was able to help approximately 40 men and women last year,” said Wilson. “I hope to be able to increase the number to at least 60 to 70 people this year.”
The ministry was originally housed in the Alcorn Baptist Association building, but soon out grew its surroundings.
“We moved into and eventually bought two metal buildings at the rear of the parking lot behind Magnolia Funeral Home,” said the director. “Living Free Ministries is totally funded and supported by the community.”
They offer help for those dealing with life controlling issues through small group meetings and activities.
“We meet at 6 p.m. on Monday nights and have a concerned persons group which meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday nights,” said Living Free Ministries Administrative Assistant Don Vinson. “Our ‘Celebration Night’ is at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights and we hold a men’s Bible study group on Saturday mornings at 7 a.m.
Living Free has also started a faith-based Twelve Step Program which meets at lunch (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) on Tuesdays.
There is no cost to attend and all meetings are open to the public.
“Our mission is to share hope, restore families and let others know they can get their lives straight,” said Wilson, who feels called to help others stay on track. “We do activities within the school system, help mom’s regain custody of their children and help dad’s become role models.”
Free meals are offered on Monday and Thursday nights.
“Sometimes people just come to get a meal and that’s okay with us. We want to help with any needs they may have,” said the ministries founder.
“Even when Jesus formed his ministry, he got a group of supporters together. It’s nice to know you have a support system behind you,” he added.
Each Christmas Day, Living Free hosts Community Christmas serving up traditional Christmas food, fellowship and love. Classic Christmas movies are also shown throughout the day.
The Wilson family — Tommy, Marea, Preston and Olivia — have organized this holiday occasion as their gift for the entire Crossroads area.
“A lot of people need somewhere to go on Christmas Day and this special free event gives them a great option,” said Wilson.
About Living Free Ministries
Living Free Ministries is a non-residential faith-based addiction recovery program located in Corinth, Mississippi. At Living Free, we are dedicated to helping people with life controlling issues find freedom, healing and deliverance in Jesus Christ. We have meetings and meals three times a week. Through small groups, celebration night and men’s Bible study, we learn new approaches to life using the Word of God, the Spirit of God and the People of God. Living Free is often the starting point for people who need long-term care. Whether by meeting physical needs or spiritual needs, Living Free has helped thousands of people in the North Mississippi and West Tennessee area.
“God does heal the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
“Seek the kingdom of God above all else and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” – Matthew 6:33
There is no cost to attend a Living Free program and all programs are open to the public.
These special meetings take place at the Living Free building at 2024 Hwy 72 Annex in Corinth, MS.
- Mondays – 6 p.m., meal; 6:40 p.m., group meeting
- Thursdays – 6 p.m., meal; 6:40 p.m., celebration night
- Saturdays – 6:45 a.m., biscuits; 7 a.m., men group
Living Free group meetings held in other communities
- Wednesdays – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., group meeting, East Booneville Baptist Church at 602 East Church St in Booneville, MS.
- Wednesdays – 6 p.m. meal, 6:30 p.m. group meeting, County Line Baptist Church at 8 CR 600 in Walnut, MS.
- NEW! Wednesdays – 6 p.m. bible study, 6:30 p.m. group meeting, Oakland Baptist Church at 1101 S Harper in Corinth, MS.
- NEW! Wednesdays – Alcorn School District Alternative School.
Living Free partner
Living Free Ministries has a working partnership with the Home of Grace, a residential addiction recovery program on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Home of Grace has helped tens of thousands of individuals from across the country battle various types of addiction. In operation since 1965, they have used hands-on experience to build an addiction recovery program filled with success stories. Living Free Ministries has sent many of our group members to the Home of Grace for recovery. Visit the Home of Grace website to learn more.