Solicitors for the House of David were again collecting money in Brazil at the U.S. 40/State Road 59 intersection yesterday. Members from the non-denominational church located in Indianapolis were here three times in early August.
Brazil City Hall had received several complaints about the group. Several motorists said the solicitors tied up traffic and increased congestion at the busy intersection. Safety was a major concern. Some residents thought the solicitors were from the House of Hope, a local endeavor west of town.
The Brazil City Council discussed Ordinance 12, dealing with solicitation and distribution on public property, at their Aug. 12 meeting. Amendments were made and after they're cleaned up by City Attorney Eric Wyndham, the board will consider voting on the matter at their next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.
However, the old ordinance is still in effect until the official vote is taken. Five members of the House of David got a permit yesterday allowing them to collect funds from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
When they got their permit, the solicitors were told by City Clerk Janet Wallace that this may be their last opportunity to solicit in Brazil.
A Brazil Times reporter talked with some of the members to get their response. Jerry Hall is a member of the Deeper Life Church in Indianapolis, a part of the House of David Center for the Homeless.
He provided a copy of a state permit. Soft spoken and politely, he sounded a little defiant at first saying he thought the state would take precedence over local ordinance.
"We benefit the homeless, battered women and children," Hall said. "We concentrate on getting families back together. We at Deeper Life have found that the way to healing is through the word of God."
Hall cited Matthew 10:13-14 as a response for how he viewed the City of Brazil. "I hate leaving Brazil," Hall said, "because some of the people have been very nice. We came here in search of souls. We didn't come here in search of trouble."
As the reporter was completing the interview with Hall, about 1 p.m., he and the other members discarded their orange vests, put them in their vehicle and prepared to leave.
When asked why they were leaving before their allotted 6 p.m. time frame, Hall replied, "We are leaving because the spirit of God is not here."