Churches in Salem-Troy, Tuscaloosa associations team up to serve families comment (0)
December 8, 2011
Two Salem-Troy Baptist Association churches partnered with a Tuscaloosa Baptist Association church to help two families recover from the April 27 storms.
First Baptist Church and Southside Baptist Church, both in Troy, assisted the families through Calvary Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, said Luke Lane, pastor of First, Troy.
Lane, who is also moderator for Salem-Troy Association, said the two Troy churches collected household and kitchen items, hygiene supplies, furniture, clothing and money for the families.
“Everybody really pitched in and gave as much as they could,” he said. People in the community also aided in the effort, Lane said. “It was an overwhelming response.”
According to Andrew Knick, pastor of Southside Baptist, “We tried to meet all those (needs) that we could. Our church really jumped in with both feet.”
Knick noted that Southside is a church that ministers to needs.
In fact, the church was presented with another opportunity to minister directly to some people who had fled the damage in Tuscaloosa.
Once a month, Southside has a ministry called Connect, which serves a meal to people in need in the community, Knick explained. The people from Tuscaloosa came to that meal one night.
The church not only was able to provide a meal for those people then but also gave them food and clothes to take with them, Knick said.
Southside and First, Troy, have been involved in helping people impacted by the tornadoes in other ways. The weekend after the storms, some Southside members helped clean up in the Lake Martin area of Tallapoosa County, Knick said.
Lane said a group from his church and Troy University helped at Calvary Baptist and distribution centers in Tuscaloosa. (TAB)