300 volunteers build Denmark church in days
WednesdayOct 31, 2018 at 9:19 AM Oct 31, 2018 at 9:20 AM
A vacant lot transformed into a fully operational church within a span of just a few days thanks to the help of 300 volunteers.
The volunteers, many of whom were from South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Virginia, constructed a building for Christ Family Center located at 5849 Voorhees Road in Denmark. The Denmark church was the first church built in South Carolina through the Church in a Day program, a ministry of United Pentecostal Church International, but was the 138th built in North America since the ministry started in the 1980s.
âThis is a huge step up for us. This will really bless our community and local church,â said Rev. Robert Snipes, pastor of Christ Family Center.
The church has met in a double-wide trailer for approximately 10 years, but the congregation h as been working to raise money to build a bigger building for many years. They purchased the property while Church in a Day coordinated the logistics of the project, including obtaining blueprints for the prototype building, ordering materials and organizing volunteers.
âThey want to see their church grow. To be able to do this is priceless,â said Rev. Robert Mahuron, who volunteered his services as general contractor for the project. He owns Mahuronâs Building Supply in Williston and is pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Barnwell.
Volunteers started putting walls together on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and then raised them on Thursday, Oct. 25 on the concrete slab that the congregation previously had poured. Volunteers came at different times, but most were on site Friday and Saturday. Many worked two nights straight in order to complete the church by end of day on Saturday, Oct. 27.
âI like the spirit of unity and the effect it has on the community,â said Terry L ong from Indianapolis, Indiana. He serves as the national director of Church in a Day.
Rev. Snipes, who is a native of Columbia, attended Voorhees College in Denmark while his wife Ivory is from Denmark. Though theyâve lived in other places, the couple was called back to Denmark 11 years ago to lead the church. âWe fell in love with this town,â he said.
The bigger building will allow Rev. Snipes and his wife along with their congregation to better serve the community they love. The new church can seat more than 100 people. Rev. Snipes said they are grateful to everyone who helped in some way.
The first service was held on Sunday, Oct. 28, just one day after volunteers completed the building.
Christ Family Center of Denmark has Sunday School at 11 a.m. every Sunday followed by the worship service at noon. Midweek Bible study is held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Prayer is held on Saturdays at 7 p.m.
For more information about Christ Family Center of D enmark, call (803) 793-4236, email Christfamilycenter@gmail.com, visit www.yourchristfamilycenter.com or visit the churchâs Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChristFamilyCenter.Source: Google News Denmark | Netizen 24 Denmark