When the Son of Man comes in his glory he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we do these things for you?’“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’- Matthew 25: 31-40 (abridged)
Bill’s Closet is a ministry birthed by Bill Burns in 2011. It was his vision to provide free clothing and bottles of water for the homeless and less fortunate in Bessemer. He put his heart and soul into the ministry, giving away hundreds of clothing items twice a month from a vacant lot near his home. He also distributed holiday turkeys every Thanksgiving and Christmas that he was in operation, mobilizing the community with support and volunteers from the Inverness Vineyard Church. He touched countless lives through his prayers, generosity and self-sacrifice. His ministry partnered with the Carriers of God’s Presence ministry to pray for the needs of those that visited the Closet. In August, 2016, Bill was diagnosed with terminal cancer. His last visit to the Closet Ministry was to draw the numbers for the turkey giveaway. Many from the community thanked him and prayed with him on that day. Bill passed away less than a week later, on November 26, 2016.