Work Begins On "Church In A Day"

You know the saying "Rome wasn't built in a day." That's not the case for one East Texas church. An organization that helps build churches across the state is constructing one in Quitman in less than 24 hours.

"That's exciting for our church. We've been looking forward to this for a long time," said Quitman Victory Fellowship Church Pastor Keith Clark. Church members have been gathering at the Quitman Library for the past three years. But this Sunday, the Pentecostal church will have a new home, off Highway 37.

"What's exciting about this project is they begin work today and we move everything in Saturday. We're even going to have a sound system and a media system put in and then Sunday morning, we have our first service," said Clark. The work began at 7:00 a.m. today and is expected to wrap up at around 7:00 a.m. tomorrow. It's a collaborative effort. The church is buying the property, the Texas District Home Missions is funding it, while volunteers have donated time and material to build it.

"We see it as a great opportunity to help pastors get a new building. A lot of these guys are at store-front or small buildings or even in their home," said Steve Frederick, who's volunteered in 11 church projects in the past six years.

Organizers say at least 300 volunteers from all over Texas and other states were on hand for the project. "They get more enjoyment out of coming this one day for no wages than they do all week long when they get a paycheck," said Texas District Home Missions Director Wayne Weatherhead.

Brick by brick, an effort of hundreds means enjoyment for hundreds more through the years. The Victory Fellowship Church will have an office, classroom and other facilities. Texas District Home Missions plans to build its first Hispanic church in Palestine in October. The organization has been around for nine years and has helped to build 13 churches in Texas.

Oralia Ortega, reporting