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Elba’s Shiloh Baptist supports Marion churchcomment (0)

December 8, 2011

Shiloh Baptist Church, Elba, desired to impart a love offering to an Alabama church about its size that was damaged by April’s storms.

According to Pastor Joe Farris, the church makes a concerted effort to identify giving opportunities throughout the year. “Our congregation has always had a giving heart,” he said.

Director of Missions (DOM) John Granger said Shiloh Baptist presented Coffee Baptist Association with a $2,000 check soon after the April 27 tornadoes and inquired if the donation could go to a church that had not yet been assisted.

Granger began asking around in an effort to pinpoint a specific need but soon discovered that many affected churches had already received assistance.

However, it wasn’t long before he was informed that the roof of Faith Chapel Baptist Church, Marion, had been damaged by a tornado about a week prior to the April 27 storms.

The association’s disaster relief committee voted to send Shiloh’s love offering to Faith Chapel Baptist. The committee then matched Shiloh’s $2,000 with an additional $2,000 from other church donations.

According to Lloyd Stockman, pastor of Faith Chapel, the church building suffered about $14,000 in damage, with most of the damage concentrated on the roof. “The tornado came through there and lifted our roof up,” he said, adding thankfully that it was not pulled off completely and the Cahaba Baptist Association church was able to continue its Sunday services despite not having electricity the first Sunday after the damage was incurred.

Stockman remarked that before the storm, many trees surrounded the church. Those are mostly gone now, he said.

He reported that aside from a bit of remaining work on the grounds, the church is repaired and back in order.

Granger visited Shiloh in September and updated the congregation of approximately 50 on how its love offering had been allocated.

Farris emphasized that the church’s gift was all about God and letting Him shine through the experience. “[It was] amazing to see how God’s hand allowed it to unfold,” he said. “We’re just glad we could help.”     (TAB)

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