WASHINGTON COUNTY - A local church is hoping to highlight how a simple selfless action can brighten someone's day and foster love and compassion in the community.


WASHINGTON COUNTY - A local church is hoping to highlight how a simple selfless action can brighten someone's day and foster love and compassion in the community.



Members of Vernon's Prosperity Christian Center International (PCCI) are popping up all over Washington County and surprising others by performing random acts of kindness, ranging from giving out gifts to residents at Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (WRNC) in Chipley, to paying for a stranger's gas at stations in Ebro and Vernon.



"God has given this ministry a powerful assignment of simply sharing God's love," said Pastor Elvis Brown.



Brown, along with his wife, Letisha and volunteers from the congregation, have dubbed their labor of love "R.A.C.K - Random Acts of Kindness."



"Our first day on this mission really changed lives, especially ours," said Pastor Brown. "We went out in our local community to local restaurants, grocery stores, coin laundries, fuel stations, and the nursing center to share Godís love through financial contributions, gifts, hugs and simple genuine conversation."



Brown and his parishioners, who hope their mission is contagious, are quick to point out an act of kindness doesn't always mean reaching into a pocket, but rather into another's heart.



"There are many ways we all can share in this vision," said Brown. "It does not always require finances. Sometimes, someone needs that hug, smile, listening ear, or genuine heart, or something else that you do so well."



So far, PCCI has been seen in Ebro at the Marathon convenience store, in Chipley at the Wash Tub Laundromat and WRNC, and in Vernon at Somsriís Restaurant, Circle H Gas and Deli, Dee's Restaurant, and G&P Country Meats.



"This is just the beginning, and we welcome anyone that would love to join in with this R.A.C.K. mission," said Brown. "Let's go out, share God's love, hit the targets and leave positive tracks in our communities. We're on a mission."