Wesley United Methodist Church recently was approached by members of the community to consider participating in a project to help construct a home for a local elderly couple after their home was condemned by a county building inspector.
Reminiscent of the televison show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, parishioners of an Evans church are working hard to restore a run-down home for an elderly Evans couple.
Through a mission project called "Compassion in Action," which is devoted to serving others, members at Wesley United Methodist Church - with the help of community volunteers, area builders and suppliers - are constructing a house for the couple.
The couple, who are long-time residents of the county, recently had their home condemned by a county building inspector.
"God doesn't want homelessness or people to live in places that are condemned," Greg Porterfield, the senior pastor, said about the anonymous couple, who are staying with their daughter while construction takes place. "We need to be a part of the solution."
The parish, known for helping others through service projects in the community was approached by members in the community who asked them to participate in the assignment, Porterfield said.
At first, he said, the church planned to build a new roof on the home, but it quickly realized more work was needed.
Ever since construction began in the spring, the home has been demolished and will soon take shape. Porterfield said the one-story, 1,714-square-foot home is expected to be complete with new amenities in September. The home, which costs about $50,000, will be funded with the help of donations and the church.
"We're not doing it for anything but to serve Christ," Porterfield said. "When you serve Christ, that takes you to all kinds of neat things."
To make a donation or for more information, call the church at 869-0888.
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