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Logan, Williamson Churches Open Better Living Center
Story by Visitor Staff
Serafino Nolleti, Logan mayor; Pastor Cesar Quispe; Marialfred Acuna-Quispe, ND, CNHP; Ray Perry, city code enforcement officer; and Larry Boggess, conference president; cut the ribbon at the center’s grand opening ceremony.
Mountain View Conference's Logan and Williamson churches in West Virginia recently moved their thrift store to the downtown area of their tiny community. The move had the added benefit of a more prominent location, but also provided an opportunity for them to make big changes, which included opening the Logan Better Living Center.
The center’s focus will be on helping and educating Logan area community members. The center will operate a thrift store, disaster relief program, healthy lifestyle education, and work closely with already established food pantries.
“We want to be a major part of the community,” explains Pastor Cesar B. Quispe who along with his wife, Marialfred Acuna-Quispe, ND, CNHP, will manage the day-to-day operations of the center. “God has called us to serve others, and the best way of doing that is to serve those who are in need. Our center is focused on helping people in all three aspects of life, the spiritual, physical and emotional.”
Present at the grand opening were Larry Boggess, conference president; Serafino Nolleti, Logan City mayor; Ray Perry, city code enforcement officer; and Jay Nunly, news anchor for WVOW Radio; and church members and volunteers.
“Our communities are [strengthened] by the service of those who strive to help those in need. In Logan, we are blessed to have the service and good deeds of the Seventh-day Adventist Church,” wrote U.S. congressman Nick J. Rahall in a letter supporting the opening of center. “Throughout the state, the Seventh-day Adventists are dedicated to working with those in need in each of their ministry communities, and the Logan Better Living Center is a shining example of that work.”
Pastor Quispe reports that the members of both churches are very excited about this new project, and feel very blessed to be recognized as a true serving force in the city of Logan and surrounding areas in West Virginia.
Quispe plans to also implement classes on health, stress management, healthy cooking and a regeneration program to help those suffering from substance abuse. “We pray that the Lord may continue to lead us as we strive to serve our community and share the good news of His second coming,” he says.
The center is located at 205 Stratton St., in Logan, West Virginia. The phone number is (304) 752-1580.