Group Steps In, Saves Fellow Church Thousands
A Van Buren church pitched in Friday afternoon to help a Fort Smith congregation build a new sanctuary. The pastor of New Life Church of God in Christ says volunteers from the Butterfield Assembly of God are saving his congregation thousands of dollars.
Free labor can be hard to find. “It’s a great way of giving back to our community,” said Ronnie Gilmore, pastor of Butterfield Assembly of God.
Members of Butterfield Assembly of God volunteered their time to build a new facility for the New Life Church of God in Christ.
“We building a new building from the ground up,” said Steve Shepherd, pastor of New Life Church of God in Christ.
Shepherd says they started saving for the new building in 1996. The congregation outgrew the old church.
“We done had a lot of people done come by donated money and also more than anything, time, a whole lot of time to help build this church,” he said.
Shepherd estimates volunteer labor will save them somewhere between $17,000 and $21,000. The new building will include a family life center and sanctuary.
“It’s just a great community here and they’re making progress in so many different ways and we just want to be a part of it,” said Gilmore.
Shepherd expects the church to be finished in October. Once the new building is completed, the old church will be torn down to make room for a parking lot.