PASS CHRISTIAN (WLOX) -- It was a picture perfect moment at First Baptist Church in Pass Christian. Members of the congregation crowded around to get a good shot of the church's latest addition--a new education building.
"It will be used for educational space for children. And we have many different ideas of how we can minister to the city of Pass Christian in many different ways, and we consider this a gift to the city of Pass Christian. Not only to the church, but also to the city of Pass Christian," said Pastor William Smith.
The building was donated by a Texas church, and resulted from a chance meeting shortly after the storm.
"My wife and I were here one afternoon, in probably January after the storm. A car pulled up and a representative from Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas had taken up an offering for disaster relief," Pastor Smith.
Forest Baptist used half a million dollars of that money to fully fund the education building at First Baptist in Pass Christian. First Baptist Pastor William Smith, for once, was at a loss of words about the generous donation.
"It's just beyond expression to think about what this church has done, Champion Forest Baptist Church, has done for us and for the city because we feel there was a question whether we should move out of the city, away from places of the storm, but we felt the church has a ministry in the city and we stayed right here," Pastor Smith said.
The new education building is perched behind the sanctuary of First Baptist Church. Work on the new sanctuary is expected to be complete by the end of summer.