Church members living on roof to raise funds for mission work
by Rachel Davis
May 11, 2012 | 1378 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — Starting May 27, Jack Thorn, pastor of Sumiton First Assembly of God, and Buddy Wilkinson, a missions sponsor from the church will be living on the church’s roof to raise money for the missionaries that the church supports.

The men will stay on the roof until June 3, when the church will have a special outdoor Sunday morning service, which Thorn will preach from the roof before descending. The service will be held at 10:45 a.m. on June 3.

“If anyone would like to come to the service, we would love to have them,” Thorn said. “Or, if anyone would like to come by and say ‘hi’ during the week, it would be encouragement.”

Thorn and Wilkinson hope to raise $5,000 for the 10 missionaries that they support around the world. There were originally 14 missionaries backed by the church, but tough economic times have forced four of them to return home.

“Every dime we raise will go the missions, none of it will be kept here,” Thorn said.

Unusual and uncomfortable fundraisers are not unusual from the church. Last year Christopher South attempted to run across Alabama, from the Tennessee border to the Florida border — over 371 miles — in a week. He was forced to stop after breaking a bone in his foot. He plans to try the run again next year, but in the meantime, the church needed a method to fundraise.

For more information or to donate, call 648-8196 or 559-2243. Donations can also be made by mail at P.O. Box 617, Sumiton, AL 35148 or in person at the church at 85 Yates Road in Sumiton.