Group Raising Roofs For Jesus

A missionary group based in Arkansas is helping with a church construction project in Saucier.

The Baptist organization called "The Master's Builders" is lending a helping hand at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. A group of 25 retirees will spend two weeks helping the local church build a new sanctuary, offices and classrooms.

Members of the traveling construction crew say they're like family members. The missionary organization is based in Hope, Arkansas, and started out helping brand new churches.

"We do most of our work now with existing churches that are growing and need to enlarge. So, we do it trying to help them. Save them money. That way they can spend their money for other things that they need to," explained project manager Roy Tilley.

Pleasant Hill Baptist has about 250 members. The church will use its old sanctuary for new Sunday school space.

"The Master's Builders" was founded in 1991.  The church is associated with the Baptist Missionary Association.

The volunteers participating in the Saucier project come from Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas.