Offering plates still full at church despite tight times

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - At the Bel-Aire Baptist Church in Gulfport, members are building for the future despite the challenges of today.

"What we're trying to do with our building fund is to give above and beyond and our members have met the challenge," says Rhonda White, former Financial Chairman.

They hope to break ground on a new building in March.  By sticking with their priorities and prayer, White says the church is staying solid despite shaky economic times.

"We are cautious.  We are not flamboyant spenders, but we do what needs to be done," says White.

"We're not backing up.  We're going forward for the kingdom of God so God's people are still giving and we're doing quite well," says Pastor Randy Hommel, Bel-Aire Baptist Church,.

In fact, members tend to be giving more, especially when it comes mission efforts.

"We're giving 25 to 30% to missions outside our church cause we believe if we give God's going to bless us," says White.

Despite the challenges that accompany the financial slowdown, this group of congregants say they're committed to keeping their faith strong and the offering plates full as they look to the future.

"We are on fire for the Lord and going strong," says White.

"We're hoping we'll have Christmas in our new sanctuary next year, hopefully with a lot more people in the community with us," says Hommel.