HOMETOWN HERO: Diana Billings - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports

HOMETOWN HERO: Diana Billings

Posted:
(WVVA) -

Wafting through the air every Thursday evening are the delicious smells of dinner at Johnston Chapel Baptist Church.
A warm meal is served by the hands of cooking maven -- Diana Billings

"I'm blessed. I'm blessed to be able to serve them and help in any little way that I can," says Billings.

Billings works with Celebrate Recovery a bible based 12-step recovery program and every Thursday
they celebrate participants progress through food and fellowship. 

"Celebrate Recovery is for anyone out there with any kind of hurt, hang up or habit that they need help with with we have a program that goes through a step study..this is kind of a fellowship for our people," Billings says.

For hours Diana and her team are in the kitchen preparing meals for 60 to 100 people.

"Some families come here and this is the only meal they get together on a Thursday night. When you see them out [in] fellowship with each other," says Billings, "we have so many hurting people in our area. We can go overseas and help but we need to help in our little small communities we've got a lot of hurting people and to help them just means everything in the world to me."

It can be said that Diana's love of service runs through her blood..her father was 2017 Purple Heart recipient..
and that service..in addition to that familial connection there is that connection of her faith.

"It's just really cool to look out and say this is working," says Billings.

"I'm just very thankful that the Lord let's me be a part of it. My service is to God and I just get to see it."

It is the fact that she's part of something greater than herself and changing lives that make Diana Billings a Hometown Hero.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Rockslide reported on Route 20 near Athens as Mercer County under Flash Flood Warning until 10:15 PM

    Rockslide reported on Route 20 near Athens as Mercer County under Flash Flood Warning until 10:15 PM

    Residents and officials have reported a rockslide along Route 20 close to Athens. 

    More >>

    Residents and officials have reported a rockslide along Route 20 close to Athens. 

    More >>
  • Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Sunday, May 27 2018 4:55 PM EDT2018-05-27 20:55:02 GMT
    (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...
    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.More >>
    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.More >>
  • Gov. Jim Justice involved in car accident

    Gov. Jim Justice involved in car accident

    According to a press release by the Beckley Police Department, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice was involved in a vehicle accident Saturday afternoon.  The press release says that patrolman Logan Christian responded to a traffic accident on Harper Road at the intersection of Hylton Lane.  West Virginia state troopers with the Governor's security detail were on scene as well.  It was determined that the driver of the second car, 20-year old Joshua Lucas, failed to m...

    More >>

    According to a press release by the Beckley Police Department, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice was involved in a vehicle accident Saturday afternoon.  The press release says that patrolman Logan Christian responded to a traffic accident on Harper Road at the intersection of Hylton Lane.  West Virginia state troopers with the Governor's security detail were on scene as well.  It was determined that the driver of the second car, 20-year old Joshua Lucas, failed to m...

    More >>
  • Bluefield leader laid to rest

    Bluefield leader laid to rest

    The Mercer County community was saddened on Saturday morning as Charles Peters, a longtime leader of Bluefield, was put to rest.  Charles was a major force in the coal industry for six decades. He also helped baseball rise in Bluefield and he aided everything from the Mercer County Airport to the local boy scouts.  Charles also was a veteran. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. He was a sergeant and a squad leader that fought in German towns of the Ardennes Forest t...More >>
    The Mercer County community was saddened on Saturday morning as Charles Peters, a longtime leader of Bluefield, was put to rest.  Charles was a major force in the coal industry for six decades. He also helped baseball rise in Bluefield and he aided everything from the Mercer County Airport to the local boy scouts.  Charles also was a veteran. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. He was a sergeant and a squad leader that fought in German towns of the Ardennes Forest t...More >>
  • Heavy rainfall causes flooding in Tazewell

    Heavy rainfall causes flooding in Tazewell

    Saturday morning, flash flooding hit Tazewell County in a big way.  Heavy rain produced by slow moving thunderstorms closed roads, flooded homes and even lead to some rescues.  WVVA's own chief meteorologist Travis Roberts witnessed the flooding first-hand, and said that it was some of the worst flooding he had ever seen in that area.  Other residents reported basements and homes flooded with washed out driveways via social media. 

    More >>

    Saturday morning, flash flooding hit Tazewell County in a big way.  Heavy rain produced by slow moving thunderstorms closed roads, flooded homes and even lead to some rescues.  WVVA's own chief meteorologist Travis Roberts witnessed the flooding first-hand, and said that it was some of the worst flooding he had ever seen in that area.  Other residents reported basements and homes flooded with washed out driveways via social media. 

    More >>
  • Gas prices rise on Memorial Day weekend

    Gas prices rise on Memorial Day weekend

    Gas prices are on the rise once again.  The national average for gas is 31 percent higher than it was last Memorial Day weekend. 

    More >>

    Gas prices are on the rise once again.  The national average for gas is 31 percent higher than it was last Memorial Day weekend. 

    More >>
  • Teacher who confronted Indiana school shooter lauded as hero

    Teacher who confronted Indiana school shooter lauded as hero

    Saturday, May 26 2018 3:56 AM EDT2018-05-26 07:56:38 GMT
    Authorities have detained someone in what they described as an "active shooter" situation at a suburban Indianapolis middle school.More >>
    Authorities have detained someone in what they described as an "active shooter" situation at a suburban Indianapolis middle school.More >>
  • Spanishburg hosts old school Holy Ghost tent revival

    Spanishburg hosts old school Holy Ghost tent revival

    Old school Holy Ghost tent revivals aren't nearly as common as they once were.  But evangelist Steve Warren travels the country to keep the old tradition alive.  

    More >>

    Old school Holy Ghost tent revivals aren't nearly as common as they once were.  But evangelist Steve Warren travels the country to keep the old tradition alive.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly