N.C. churches help in Nashville ministry
    January 18 2011 by BR staff

    Several North Carolina Baptist churches are partners with East Nashville Community Church in Nashville, Tenn., helping that church reach a poor community. The Peoples Church in Franklin, Tenn., is the sponsoring church.

    “Times are hard and many churches are struggling to meet their budgets,” said Patsy Costner, East Nashville Community Church development and outreach director. “However, as churches in North Carolina heard of the mission work going on in the ghetto in our community they began partnering with us.”

    Costner said Flint Hill Baptist, Boiling Springs Baptist, Pleasant Ridge Baptist, Zoar Baptist, Floyd’s Creek Baptist and Three Forks Baptist churches have sacrificially given. 

    “In July we were carrying boxes of clothing into the Martha O’Bryan Center,” Costner said. “A man looked at me and said something that still rings through my mind and touches the deepest part of my heart: ‘Lady if you want to make a difference in our neighborhood, you gotta walk our streets.’ That day we were reminded of a fundamental principal to ministry: that while connecting is important, connecting is only the beginning of making a difference in someone’s life.”

    In August, East Nashville planted a church at the Kirkpatrick Recreation Center with more than 100 now attending regularly.

    Helping churches through Woman’s Missionary Union, Baptist Men and children’s mission groups have helped in the church’s budget, made Christmas bags, bought Bibles and purchased ministry tools such as sound equipment and puppets.

    Learn more about the church at www.eastnashville.cc or contact Costner at pscostner@gmail.com.

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