‘We believe in this place’

Jennifer Cohron
Posted 1/5/16

A crew of volunteers demolished Maranatha Baptist Church’s fire-ravaged sanctuary Monday morning as leaders of the church’s Bread of Life Soup Kitchen passed out boxed lunches in the parking lot.

Pastor Jerry Boyd said he has had numerous …

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‘We believe in this place’

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A crew of volunteers demolished Maranatha Baptist Church’s fire-ravaged sanctuary Monday morning as leaders of the church’s Bread of Life Soup Kitchen passed out boxed lunches in the parking lot.

Pastor Jerry Boyd said he has had numerous condolence calls in the past week from fellow ministers since word spread that the church was damaged in a fire Dec. 28.

“So many churches, not only Baptist churches but other denominations too have reached out. I am overwhelmed at the public support, love and concern that they have given us in this time of crisis,” Boyd said.

The work of tearing out the drywall, carpet and insulation began at 8 a.m.

Several members of Jasper’s First Baptist Church’s Carpenters for Christ mission team worked alongside Adam Hicks, pastor of Desperation Church’s Jasper campus, and a group of youth throughout the morning.

“We’re getting it all down so they can assess it and see how they want to build back,” said Ed Lay of Carpenters for Christ.

Hicks said helping Maranatha Baptist Church recover from last week’s fire fits perfectly with Desperation Church’s mission to “rebuild, restore and revive,” inspired by a passage in Isaiah 61.

“Everybody knows about Maranatha Baptist Church. The people in this community would be devastated if they ever had to leave because they do so much here. We believe in this place, and we’re honored to do it,” Hicks said.

Maranatha’s Sunday and Wednesday services have been moved to nearby Westside Baptist Church.

A temporary location for the church’s weekly feeding ministry is still being determined.

Monetary donations to help restore the church can be made to the Maranatha Rebuilding Fund at Pinnacle Bank in downtown Jasper; or by mail at Maranatha Rebuilding Fund, c/o Barbara Cleveland, P.O. Box 41, Jasper, AL. 35503.

Licensed professionals who would like to donate their time or services to the project can call Mike Jones at 205-541-2792.