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Ocean Springs church family building a home in just 2 weeks

About 90 volunteers from the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs have teamed up with The Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders organization to build a new home for one of their own. (Photo source: WLOX) About 90 volunteers from the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs have teamed up with The Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders organization to build a new home for one of their own. (Photo source: WLOX)
Nancy Watling's old home was so dilapidated she actually fell through the floor one day several weeks ago. That's when the church family decided to take action. (Photo source: WLOX) Nancy Watling's old home was so dilapidated she actually fell through the floor one day several weeks ago. That's when the church family decided to take action. (Photo source: WLOX)
LATIMER, MS (WLOX) -

Teaching church volunteers home building skills is at the top of the to-do list for Bart Tucker with Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders.

Before the day begins, makeshift pep rally follows group prayer. 

“We think that's one of our most important callings, if you will. To make sure that everyone is able to be productive and efficient, so training the volunteers to do the tasks is a critical part of what we do,” Tucker explained.

Everyone pulls together as the sparks fly from a grinder.

“There have been more than 100 people in the church involved in some way in this project. Volunteers who pick up hammers out here, to making phone calls mid-week to try and get stuff done. So it's a team effort, that's for sure,” said Scott Castleman, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.

The woman needing the home is Nancy Watling. It will be a gift from many giving hands. 

“God is working miracles for me, and it's just so exciting to see these people coming from out of town and all over and building this house and wanting to help people. It's just an amazing thing,” Watling said.

Volunteers say getting out and about, and getting their hands a little dirty, does good for them and the church mission.

“I think that if we stay within the walls of the church, we miss the message, we miss the calling that God has for us," Shirley Martin explained. "There's a sense of giving back to other people what God has given to us.” 

Even corporate partners like Wells Fargo are trying to hammer home a point.

“Through a grant, we gave $15,000 for the ten year anniversary of Katrina and this year we'll be out here volunteering and being in the trenches with them,” district manager Mike Ryan said. 

Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders have constructed more than 200 new homes across the country, including dozens the Coast in the years after Katrina. The goal is to have Nancy's new home finished in two weeks.

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