Volunteers building new church in Floyd County

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Volunteers are helping build a new church in Floyd County.

But these folks aren't from Kentucky, they're from Alabama.

Church members say the Calvary Baptist Church is old, run-down, and does not have adequate room for Sunday School for kids.

Larry Riddle and other Mission Builders from Alabama say they take one week every summer to help build new facilities for congregations in need.

"The scripture tells us the Lord gave us the great commission to go and tell, and so we've chosen to tell as we go. As we build as we work," said Riddle.

Renee Cole says they got a lot done in only four days.

"We've put all the wood up inside. There's studs and rafters and whatever's in there," said Cole.

Rhonda Kretzer says for more than two years, church members have planned to build new facilities. But the project cost a lot money, and they needed help.

"We're all doing everything we can to get it done, but you can see it's a big project. We're a small congregation, and this is the only way we could do it," said Kretzer.

She says the group of volunteers is a godsend. Not only are they building a new sanctuary, but also a fellowship hall for gatherings and the children.

Riddle says the construction of this building shows the strengthened bond between giving folks in Alabama and Kentucky.

"They think we're great people, we think they're great people. it's a win-win situation. Anyone who comes feels blessed," said Riddle.

Kretzer says the new buildings should be finished by Thanksgiving.

The Mission Builders are heading back home to Alabama tomorrow morning. A second group from Alabama is coming in on Sunday to continue what they started.

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