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Tennessee Volunteers Rebuild Biloxi Church

First it was fire. Then came the wind and flood waters of Katrina. But despite the fury Mother Nature has unleashed on Faith Missionary Baptist Church, members there are still worshipping.

And soon they'll be moving their services from a small trailer to a brand new sanctuary.

Nearly 60 Baptist volunteers from three Tennessee churches are dedicating their time and expertise to rebuilding a Biloxi church. Some are builders by trade. Others, like Tim Tapp, became handymen overnight.

"We felt led to come here. This was the church we found out about. We were looking for someplace to go, and it was just kind of a match made in heaven, if you will," Tapp said.

Fire gutted the church in March of 2005.

"The church had been greatly damaged and burned down. And when the hurricane came, that set things back and it set back all the architectural planning and all that and everybody was just focused on Katrina. So the church had to sit through that period of time with no place to worship," Tapp said.

Volunteers will be working on the building throughout the week, then a contractor will come in and work on the church's interior design

Church members and volunteers will be holding a special service at the building site on Division Street, Thursday night beginning at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

By Toni Miles

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