Demolition Starts On Longview Makeover Home

An extreme makeover in Longview, with a message of faith, as local students, worked to tear down, then resurrect the home of an East Texan in need. Equipped with sledgehammers and crowbars, a small army of Letourneau University students indulged themselves in some controlled destruction at this Morgan Street home.

"This has been a dream for me forever that's one of the reasons I'm here this morning I was like yes I can just put the hammer through the wall" said Letourneau Junior Michael Degroat.

The school's chapter of habitat for humanity took on what some called the Lazarus project, a physically disabled homeowner was in desperate need of a new home. The home would be demolished and in a biblical theme, be rebuilt in 3 weeks.

"This started because a few students came out here to do a service project and they realized that there's so much more that could be done, it's grown to a point to where we said lets just build a whole new house" Degroat said.

They started with no money, no materials, just kids willing to work, but donations of money and materials and heavy equipment have begun to flow in from the community.

"It is amazing how we talk about things that we should be doing to actually see love in action is simply amazing to see all theses people out here doing something from the glory of god to help humanity" said Longview pastor Kevin Johnson.

"I feel great anytime we can give back to the community freely everybody's out here because the love it we're not forced to do this" said Letourneau Feshman Marcita Bowie.

The crowing moment today came with the collapse of the roof from a backhoe.

"Most of this is faith we have to step out on faith and believe in God" Bowie said.

The Bible says Christ was resurrected after 3 days. These kids hope for a kind of resurrection of the human spirit through this act of caring. Project leaders say they expect to lay the foundation on the home next week. They hope to have the home finished by April 29th.

If you'd like to donate money or materials you're asked to contact Doug Wilcoxson at Letourneau University.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting