Moultonís Pleasant Grove rebuilds home for needy neighborcomment (0)
December 6, 2012
By Grace Thornton
"Well?” Rodger Nix’s Sunday School class asked when he walked in. “What’s it going to take?”
Everything, he said. “It’s going to take everything.”
Nix, a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Moulton, had gone that week to visit a family he had heard was in need so he could report back to the class.
“It was exactly like I’d heard — it was not good,” Nix said.
In the stump grinding business, the man and his wife had worked together in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina until they had a baby and he got cancer.
They loaded up their pickup truck and drove northeast.
“They stopped at a local gas station, and a man asked them what they were doing in town,” said Neil Carter, Pleasant Grove’s associate pastor. “They said, ‘We are just trying to find a place a live,’ and the man asked him, ‘What’s wrong with here?’”
The family stayed.
They bought a house near the church. His cancer got worse.
“The house was an old place that basically wasn’t livable — it was just a frame basically,” Carter said. “He planned to refurbish it, but it was clear he wasn’t going to live long.”
Nix’s Sunday School class did not waste any time.
“I told them what I found — a family in need with a baby,” he said. “They (the men in the Sunday School class) are a good bunch of guys, and they said, ‘Tell us what we need to do.’ They don’t do anything for any recognition but just wanted to get involved in helping these folks.”
The family needed the house gutted and rebuilt — everything.
‘Money kept coming’
“I didn’t know where the money was going to come from, but we said we would just go until the Lord shuts our money down,” Nix said. “The money kept coming, and from sources we never dreamed of.”
With their contributions, the members of Nix’s Sunday School class refurbished the entire house.
This was nothing new for them, Carter said.
“These guys are really involved in those kinds of projects,” he said. “They have taken international missions trips where they did quite a bit of construction, and they’ve been doing work for people ever since the tornadoes last April.”
But with this project the whole church became involved, committing some of its missions fund to help the family. Church members donated supplies, including a complete set of kitchen cabinets. A group of girls painted the little girl’s room with a Hello Kitty theme.
The husband passed away just before the house was completed, but his family is forever changed by the help of Pleasant Grove Baptist, Carter said.
“It was good for the family, but it was great for us,” he said. “The Lord used them to bless us. We don’t deserve any credit — we are just fortunate the Lord allowed us to be a part of it.”