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Church moves into a new facility to better serve the community

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BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

Sunday morning was a joyous occasion at Calvary Chapel as members came together for their first service in a new building. Pastor Frank Griffin says it has been a dream come true for him and his wife, Terry, who came to Bay St. Louis after Hurricane Katrina to feed people. They felt compelled to do more.

"God placed a dream and a vision in both of our hearts, they had nine people sitting in our church," Frank Griffin said.

Seven years later the congregation has grown to around 100 people and over the past several months members and volunteers have worked hard to turn an old bar into a place of worship.

"That's just amazing how God will take a place of darkness and turn it into a light, not only for us, but for the community," Frank Griffin said.

Terri Griffin said, "A lot of heart was put into this facility in God's house. We've just had a lot of wonderful men and women just give their time and just to see them come together as one and work for him. That's been amazing for me."

Work is still in progress on part of the building that will be called the Bay St. Louis Dream Center.

"The dream center is going to be basically to help people rise above from their circumstances they are at to where they can be," Frank Griffin said.

The center will be a place for the youth to come after school. There will also be a clothing ministry and a place where adults in the community can learn to read.

"The literacy rate in this area has been an issue and a problem and if we can get an adult to be able to read and rise above that situation there is no limits to what that man or woman can do," Frank Griffin said.

The Griffins say they do not know what else God has in store for their Dream Center just yet, but they are thankful they were blessed with a new building to serve the community.

If you would like to be a part of Calvary Chapel and their ministry they have services every Sunday at 10:10 a.m.

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