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Alabama-Crenshaw Association becomes ‘hands, feet of Jesus’comment (0)

January 12, 2012

Alabama-Crenshaw Association becomes ‘hands, feet of Jesus’

In August and September, five Alabama-Crenshaw Baptist Association churches embarked on two missions trips to Franklin County.

Volunteers from South Luverne Baptist Church; First Baptist Church, Luverne; Highland Home Baptist Church; First Baptist Church, Rutledge; and Brantley Baptist Church went to Phil Campbell to help rebuild homes that fell victim to the April 27 tornadoes.

In addition, members of South Luverne Baptist and Highland Home Baptist undertook ministries that undergirded the volunteers and met specific needs of individuals affected by the storm.

South Luverne Baptist members collected small kitchen appliances to help restock kitchens, Pastor Mike Green said.

“Our people responded very well. It was a lot of appliances,” Green said.

He explained that participating in rebuilding homes and restocking kitchens gave church members the opportunity to be the “hands and feet of Jesus.”

“Our group was excited about it,” Green said. “They were blessed by doing all that they did.”

The church’s Woman’s Missionary Union also made and gave quilts and throws to those affected by the storms, he added.

Highland Home Baptist collected an offering to pay for food and other expenses for the team on one journey. Plus the church served a “going away” meal to before each trip, Pastor Parker Bowen said.

“Our church is the northernmost church in the association,” making it a good place for the volunteers to meet and stage before leaving for Phil Campbell, Bowen said.

The hearts of the Highland Home Baptist members went out to those in need, he said, and they just wanted to help in some way.

The offering collected to cover food and other expenses on one trip was between $500 and $600, Bowen reported, noting that the church has a congregation of about 60.

Director of Missions Don Yancey said other churches gave funds for the trips as well.

The team was able to start construction on some houses and get them to the “dried in” stage, reported Stephen Carson, associate pastor of Highland Home Baptist.

“It was a real rewarding ministry,” Carson said.  (TAB)

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