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Ministry House offers prayer, spiritual comfort

The Rev. R. Naomi Mattheiss

The Rev. R. Naomi Mattheiss

April 29, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

WILLIAMSPORT - The Rev. R. Naomi Mattheiss has been offering spiritual comfort to people in Williamsport since she started Ministry House in 1991.

She said her services are offered day and night to people of all religious persuasions.

"The main thing we supply is prayer, and then we see the Lord doing miracles," she said. "It starts with prayer and ends with prayer."

Mattheiss, 87, operates Ministry House with her sister, Vivian Smith.

In addition to helping troubled souls through prayer, Mattheiss said, she and Smith provide rides to people who otherwise couldn't make it to the doctor's office and other appointments.

In addition, the sisters also supply contacts so people in need can find clothing, food and shelter, Mattheiss said.

An ordained minister, Mattheiss said she also makes personal visits to hospitals and jails to spread the gospel.

"We touch many lives through prayer," she said.

Mattheiss said Ministry House, at 20 E. Church St. in Williamsport, is owned by Koinonia North Inc., a national ministry.

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The building was condemned, but in 1992, they began making arrangements for repairs, she said.

Mattheiss said the structure, which was built before the Civil War, mostly needed an electrical overhaul and similar fixes, including two oil burners and a hot-water heater, to bring things up to speed.

They paid for most of the repairs themselves, she said.

Both widowed in 1979, the sisters lived in Ministry House while the repairs were being made and still call the place home, she said.

"We haven't had an argument yet ... If you love each other, it all works out," she said.

Mattheiss said she received her calling to Williamsport while she was serving as a minister in Tennessee.

A visiting pastor, whom Mattheiss called a prophet, came to her in 1991 and said she would leave Tennessee in three months.

At the end of that time, Mattheiss said, she received a letter asking her to minister at Calvary Temple in Williamsport.

"I felt as though a bolt of lightning had hit me," she said.

The sisters don't advertise their free services, Mattheiss said.

"We go to sleep at night ... and awake in the morning to see how blessed we are," she said. "The Lord made this our calling. He's the one."

Mattheiss said people in need of help may call Ministry House at 301-223-8677 to make sure someone is at home before stopping by.




Q&A



Name: The Rev. R. Naomi Mattheiss

Hometown: Williamsport

Occupation: Ordained minister

What is your proudest moment?: When people say they have gotten help.

Whom do you most admire, and why?: "The Lord Jesus" is the persoon she most admires. "He's my example. He's my guide. He's the supplier of my every need."

What is the best piece of advice you ever received, and who gave it to you?: Taking a job at Johns Hopkins University. That's where she met her husband.

What is the next goal you would like to achieve?: "To live each day the Lord Jesus would have me live."

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