Thirteen men and women traveled to LaGrange last week to renovate Troup Baptist Association on Washington Street.
Most of the group were part of the Dale Baptist Association out of Ozark, Alabama, who dedicate themselves to mission relief at least once a year, said Pastor Jim Hill of the DBA.
“When God saves you, you’re on a mission from then on,” said Hill. “It’s been a great experience.”
TBA relocated over a year ago from Lewis Street when the former Southwest LaGrange Baptist Church donated its building to the group. The 100-plus year old building was in much need of repair, said Terry Rainwater, TBA coordinator and Pastor of Highland Baptist Church in Hogansville.
“This is just one part of several repair efforts,” he said.
According to Rainwater, the group worked a volunteered a total of 335 hours within three and a half days.
Women hosted a “Backyard Bible Club” on Tuesday at neighboring church Anointed by Faith Ministries, where 15 children attended; The week’s projects included fixing electrical and light fixtures, ceiling repair, painting and other basic renovations.
Unity Baptist Church housed the group during the process and Rainwater’s wife, Cookie, prepared all the meals. The group finished up and departed Thursday afternoon.
“It was a very wonderful thing,” said Aaron McCollough, associational missionary and director of TBA. “It’s beautiful and helping us more towards our goal of becoming a ministry and mission center. We want to help the community as much as we can.”