Good Samaritan Ministry

Emulating their parentsí commitment to selflessly serving others, they share God's love in word and deed globally; partner with you to help the poor, needy and oppressed become self-sustaining, and invite you to take this opportunity to share your time, talents and gifts.

Mary L. Ollie Good Samaritan Outreach Ministry

Mary L. Ollie received the Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi Industrial College, Holly Springs, Mississippi; and the Masters of Library Science Degree from the University of Mississippi. Mrs. Ollie did further studies at the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University.

Married to the late Charlie Rush Ollie, she felt very blessed to be the mother of four lovely children: Melva, Lonnie, Garrie, and Marvin.

In addition to being an elementary school teacher and librarian, she held various positions in her local church, and served as Local and District President of the Women's Missionary Society, North-East Mississippi Region of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Ollie was the first black woman to serve on the Marshall County Democratic Executive Committee and the first black woman to serve as public health representative for Benton and Marshall Counties, Mississippi.

A champion for helping others, she often missed worship services in order to care for the sick and the elderly in her community, taking on the role of nurse, cook and maid. Her life is a living testament to the words of the song: "If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain."

This endowed Good Samaritan Fund is established in honor of a devout woman of faith who epitomized what it means to be servant leader.

The goal of the Mary L. Ollie Good Samaritan Outreach Ministry is to:

  • Care for those whom society considers least important.
  • Co-partner with non-governmental organizations and international charities to make a difference in the lives of millions of people living in poverty.
  • Take a small amount of assistance and place it in God's hand to provide quality medical care for people and livestock, clean drinking water, economic opportunities, food, clothes, shelter, school supplies, text books and tuition for children.
  • Find ways to "teach people how to fish so they can feed themselves for life".