Escatawpa pastor needs help rebuilding storm battered church

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

ESCATAWPA, MS (WLOX) - Pastor Richard Young ministers the word of God every Sunday in what is left of Greater First Baptist Church on Dutch Bayou Road. Young said Katrina devastated the church.

"Everything in the church was absolutely torn up. The water had gotten so high that it bent the light fixtures at the top," Pastor Young said.

"The walls were all blown in on the front end, and water and mud was all over the church," Deacon Perry Walley said.

Deacon Walley said the church had no flood insurance to build back, and most of the funds it did have after the storm have basically dried up now.

"We feel like we are destitute, and we just want to get the building back and the people back in the community."

Despite the financial hardship, church members started constructing a new facility just a few feet away on their own. But Pastor Young said they are making very little progress.

"I need dirt, I need concrete finishers, I need brick layers, carpenters, electronics; those who have skills that can donate some time or labor."

The men are praying that more South Mississippians will join in this build so they can have a permanent place to worship again and help save souls.

"We don't have any doubts. We know we are coming back, it is just a matter of time. With the help and support of the community, we want it to happen faster," Walley said.

If you would like to help the Greater First Baptist Church, call (228) 218-2646.

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