By Kathy L. Gilbert
United Methodist News Service
Nobody’s complaining, but it sure will be nice to sit down on soft pews again instead of those cold metal folding chairs.
The soft seats are a donation from
When the Rev. Willie Hill heard the pews were coming, he told his 100-member congregation, “You remember the way it used to be? That’s the way it’s going to be again.”
The church was “messed up from the roof to the interior,” Hill said. Hill estimates about 90 percent of his members lost their homes and possessions as a result of the hurricane.
“We were kind of hurting there for a while, but the message is we are not alone,” he said. “We are all in this together, and we will come back.”
A Volunteer in Mission team of 10 from Crossroads went to
“Our church is very missional,” said Steve Freeman, director of communications at Crossroads. It just so happened that the
On April 4, the “church in a truck” completed its 900-mile trek and arrived in Escatawpa.
“Not only did they send pews but many other items we didn’t even know were coming,” Hill said. “They sent chairs, Bibles, hymnals, choir robes — basically they just fitted our sanctuary.”
The pews had to be taken apart for shipping. Freeman said the congregation sent along a videotape of the dismantling of the pews so the people in
“Churches are where people come together in community to pray and find the strength to keep working hard at putting the pieces together on a day-by-day basis. By helping the churches, we are helping hundreds of people all at once,” said the Rev. Dave Norman, pastor of Crossroads UMC.
“We feel blessed to help them,” Freeman said.