Brick by brick: Volunteers travel, build new church sanctuary
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -
A south Georgia congregation is getting a new sanctuary thanks to volunteers from other churches around the country.
"Our old building actually houses the Sunday school room, kitchen area, fellowship hall, sanctuary, all in one. Now we're going to have a new one and that's all it will be used for," said church member Wayne Gosa.
Volunteers from churches in 5 states traveled to Americus for the week-long build at Eastside Baptist Church in Americus.
"You can tell stories about the different miracles when we move into a town. Just to come in and bless a church and bless a community and share God's love," said Lynn Owen from Westminster, SC.
A team of 95 people will use about 42,000 bricks to build the new sanctuary.
"Some are brick masons, laborers, some are teenagers learning how to lay bricks just by coming on the trip. We [also] have people that cut brick," said Owen.
The mission trip brings people together every year to lay bricks at a different church. It's something they look forward to every June.
"Us is like family, we meet once a year, but it takes a lot of planning. A whole year's time and a lot of contact," said Brenton McCollum, who is a Brick Mason.
A lot of churches are on the waiting list. Eastside members say it's a blessing to be chosen.
"I'm going to try to write a thank you note to all of them, but there's a difference when I stand here publicly and tell them we so much appreciate the giving of their time," said Wayne Gosa.
To add to their blessings, a man from Americus collected more than $8,000 worth of cans and donated them to the building project.
The new sanctuary at Eastside Baptist Church is expected to finished in 2015.