Saturday, April 10, 2010

Loving Our Neighbor

Heather Brantley and her husband bought an old home in the Sand Hill area of Effingham County a few years ago, hoping to fix it up. But then he came down with cancer and died, leaving Heather a widow with five young sons to raise. Her home church, Olive Branch Baptist, contacted several other churches about the need to repair her home, but it was decided the house was beyond repair. So eight churches banded together, working through Habitat for Humanity, raised the money to purchase a lot, and got over $100,000 worth of materials donated, and is building her a new house! The project, called "Loving Our Neighbor," had only been in construction three weeks when I went there on April 10, to work.
In the pictures, you can see Floyd Zettler, the project manager, carrying some lumber inside the house, and you can see me with Heather and her five sons, who came out to site today.
As you can see from these pictures, we are making major progress. About 20 men and one woman worked on the house today, and several ladies served us lunch. Over 100 people have volunteered their time to help so far. Donations are still needed, since a few of the donated materials could not be used. To help, contact Pam Williams at or send your donation to First Baptist Church of Rincon, 201 E. 6th Street, Rincon, GA 31326, and designate it to "Loving Our Neighbor."
If you want to come work on the project, work is going on most weekdays, and every Saturday, beginning at 8:00 a.m. From Rincon, take Blue Jay Road about 11 miles until it ends at Sand Hill Road, turn right and go north one mile on Sand Hill Road, and just after you pass Sand Hill Baptist Church, turn left and you will see the house on the right.

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