Local woman uses talents to help others

Published 12:01 am Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Bible commands Christians to use their gifts to serve others, and that’s just what local hairdresser turned bus driver, Rhonda Hardy, has been doing since last May.

Hardy, who earned her cosmetology license in 1994, said she gave up cutting hair in 2006 because she “got burned out,” and began driving a school bus.

Then in 2012, the Lord laid it on her heart to put her talents to use helping those in need.

“The Lord said, ‘You can use it for my glory,’ and I did,” she said. “I wondered what I would do to help spread his word, and this is it.”

Since May of last year, Hardy has dedicated her time at the Christian Service Center in Andalusia doing “Cuts for Christ,” her ministry for those who can’t afford to get their hair cut.

“Times are so hard right now, and I know a lot of people have to choose between putting food on the table, paying their bills and getting haircuts,” she said. “I know that’s just priorities in life, but getting a haircut makes everyone feel better. Some of these people may be looking for a job. I want to help.”

Hardy said she just wants to tell people “that Jesus loves you.”

“He equips each of us with talents,” she said. “And this is mine. I run this like a professional business. That’s why I’m doing this. I also try to give out Bibles and tracts that tell about Christ. Whatever way I can.”

Hardy said she enjoys hearing the awesome stories, and how she really is helping bless people.

“It makes me feel like that’s why I’m here,” she said. “It makes me feel good to know that I’m making a difference in people’s lives. We are all called to something and this is my calling.”

Hardy is at the CSC every Friday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

“If you need your hair cut, just come on by,” she said.

Hardy said the first Friday she was open she served two clients, and she’s served as many as 10 in one day.”