Alexis seeks, meets neighborhood needs
    May 31 2010 by BR staff and press releases

    Alexis Baptist Church has responded in the past couple years with specific ministries to meet community needs that involve members “reaching out at home.”

    Recognizing they are “bombarded with requests” prompted by needs created by wars, disasters, and by people suffering without basic necessities, church members decided they would no longer overlook the suffering of neighbors “in their own backyard.”

    Alexis has begun an ongoing home missions project to find and meet needs of those around the church. Since they started the project last year, members have met needs “from the most basic, to the most drastic,” according to church member Rebecca Rebels.

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    David Lanham, leader of Alexis Baptist Church’s Neighborhood Missions Ministry, wears protective gear while serving on a project.

    “The Alexis family understands there are things in this life that cause reasons people cannot accomplish things on their own, whether it be from lack of money, lack of skills or lack of assistance,” said Rebels in a story provided to the Biblical Recorder

    The church built a growing list of volunteers with a variety of talents who are following the Great Commission to go and tell, and they are telling and showing by going and caring. Volunteers have remodeled and repaired a kitchen, a bathroom and an entire mobile home that was damaged by renters’ dogs.

    They have replaced steps, repaired decks, painted storage buildings and garages. They’ve repaired gutters and downspouts to direct water away from home foundations. 

    Others have had handrails installed or entire wheelchair ramps. They have cleaned decks, built walkways, repaired roofs and installed storm windows. They have built a turtle box, a dog entrance and a bunk bed.

    Together they have repaired, rebuilt and installed playground equipment, cubbies and book storage for a preschool. They have even stepped up as a well-honed, well-equipped team and built a home. 

    “From the simple to the extensive, nothing has been too difficult when it comes to caring for our neighbors,” said Rebels.

    “Our Lord instructed us to take care of the poor and the widows. He instructed us to minister to those in need.

    “The faithful at Alexis have taken that to heart to show our neighbors the love and compassion of Jesus, our Lord and King.”

     This ongoing community care “snowballed” into a volunteer response of 80 persons for each of two Operation Inasmuch weekends this spring, said pastor Sandy Marks.
    5/31/2010 6:08:00 AM by BR staff and press releases | with 0 comments

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