The Man Behind the Mission: Rev. Max Manning honored with lifetime achievement award

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Behind the 66-year history of the Topeka Rescue Mission, the meals fed, the shelter given, and the lives changed, is Reverend Max Manning — though he won’t take the credit.

"Barry Feaker has taken it to the heights,” Manning said. “It didn't move much until he came along."

But Feaker, executive director of the Mission for 33 years now, will say Max is the man behind the Mission.

"We wouldn't have a Topeka Rescue Mission without Max Manning,” Feaker said. “He's one of the most humble guys, greatest servants, and faithful men that I've ever met in my life."

More than 100 people gathered Tuesday evening at the Rosewood Event Venue to recognize Manning for all he has given to the Topeka community, and to the world.

Manning serves as the director of Global Missions, Inc. He's served in 64 countries in his lifetime — 40 years of those in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

That’s where he met Jack Edma.

"I am a product of his work,” Edma said.

While in Haiti, Manning helping Edma’s mother open an orphanage for Haitian children.

"The stuff that he's been able to do, the impact he has to this day in the life of the Haitian people, it will take me a while to enumerate a lot of those,” Edma said.

At 91-years-old, Manning is still not done serving those in need.

"In fact I leave on Thursday for Haiti,” he said.

A lasting legacy, carried on by those he touched along the way.

“I wouldn't be here today without Max Manning,” Feaker said. “A lot of people wouldn't be here."

"I take that with me and I try to follow in their footsteps, and those are giant,” Edma said.

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