HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen CEO Sharon Walker is no stranger to serving others. She opened the doors of Sharon Soup Kitchen Thrift Store more than a decade ago. Her mission was to help the needy and homeless. "It`s just strictly what God put on my heart to do; just that burning desire that I had to do it," Walker said.
But she said lately God has been calling her to do something else and said the time has come for her to resign. She said she's moving on to some other projects God has in store for her. She announced the news at the annual reveal Christmas party.
For visitors of the soup kitchen like Alfred Robinson, the news of Walker leaving is shocking. Robinson has been going to the soup kitchen for 10 months for meals, but for worship too. He's not homeless, but said he's been homeless in the past.
Sharon Walker has helped so many people like Robinson over the years by providing food and clothing. But come January 2, 2017, Walker will be passing the torch to Theresa Wilson. Wilson said she's been called to help those in need as well.
"It`s such a blessing to me and it`s warmed my heart, not just giving but having the relationship with each and everyone of these homeless people and the needy," Wilson said.
Wilson and Walker assures the community The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store is here to stay. It's just the person running it is changing. Walker said when the time comes for her to say goodbye; it will be bittersweet. She's leaving behind a place that's been like family for the last 13 years.
Walker said she just released a book about her testimony and will be going around to promote it. She will also continue to preach at her home church.