The event will take place at 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Mervyn Jenkins Expo Center off Highway 190.

For the ninth year, House of Prayer is hosting its 9th annual fund-raising banquet “Show God’s Love,” in an effort to raise awareness of rural poverty in Northwest Missouri. The event will take place at 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Mervyn Jenkins Expo Center off Highway 190.

Established by Robert A. Jackson in the mid-1980s, The House of Prayer was organized to extend the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people, regardless of denomination, race, or origin by reflecting basic Christian beliefs as taught in the Bible, according to Pastor Greg Hughes.

“Today, that tradition continues by offering a free hot meal three days per week, mentoring opportunities, Bible studies, prayer meetings, a community garden program and worship services. The House of Prayer is also able to provide other resources to families including dry goods, non-perishable food items, clothing, and other living necessities through the House of Prayer’s The Helping Hands Project,” Hughes said.

At the House of Prayer’s Show God’s Love Banquet on Feb. 15, there will be a meal to be served at 5:15 p.m., unique auction items, a review of 2019’s highlights and an inspiring talk from Sarah Kerner. She serves as economic development director for the City of Springfield since October 2015, and her duties include development initiatives, including center city redevelopment, economic incentives, and coordination of the review of significant development proposals. Previously, she spent eight years working as an assistant city attorney in the City of Springfield Law Department. In that role, she represented a wide range of city departments, including airport, health, public works and planning. Kerner is a member of Leadership Springfield Class 31 and was named one of Springfield Business Journal's "40 Under 40" in 2009 and "12 People You Need to Know" in 2008. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2004 and Chillicothe High School in 1997.

There will be a silent, live auction and cash and carry table of nearly 100 donated items from local businesses and other donations, a raffle gift basket and door prizes.

“Please consider attending this special event to help raise awareness of rural poverty in North Missouri and funding to help address this growing concern,” Hughes said. Admission to the banquet is $25 per person or $175 table of (8). Reservations are due by Wednesday, Feb.5.

House of Prayer is presently seeking additional auction items, as well as volunteers for the event.

Please contact the House of Prayer with banquet reservations, donations, volunteering or with any questions at 660-646-3450.