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January 23, 2004

Valdosta - The tile is laid, the walls are painted and carpet selections are made. Members of the Lee Street Seventh Day Adventist are putting the finishing touches on their brand new church. "A lot of sweat tears, and prayers have gone into this building," said Pastor Shimon Taylor. "We're so excited, and we haven't even moved in yet," said Carla Newton, Church Member.

It took more than 20 years of offerings and donations to fund the new facility. "This project costs us about half a million dollars," said Taylor. And almost every single detail has been done by church members, both young and old. "We've got a church member who lays tile, we did the painting, and we're going to take on the landscaping as a spring project," said Taylor.

For more than 50 years, members have been meeting at the old church on Lee Street. It doesn't even have heating or air conditioning, and the new church is more than seven times larger. "Our square footage in the old building is about 1,400, and in here we'll have over 9,700 square feet. You can probably put the entire old church on the inside of our sanctuary here with room to spare," said Taylor.

But they're building more than just a church here. Pastor Taylor hopes to also build up the community. "We want to have a computer lab for our youth around here to use, and we also want to run a food bank out of here," said Taylor. "Our prayer is that we can be an outreach for young people."

The first service in the new church should be held in March.

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