BEVIER – Just because the town of Bevier only boasts 723 people doesn’t mean things aren’t happening.
“God has really blessed us,” said FBC pastor Scott Dalrymple.
More than a dozen volunteers from Baptist Builders along with volunteers from the church – three of whom have worked on other Baptist Builder projects – constructing a new 50 ft x 132 ft multipurpose building for the congregation.
“We’re out here in the country, so this is a big deal in our town and has caused a lot of commotion,” Dalrymple said. “That in and of itself is a sort of witness: we’re working hard because we love the Lord and want to share Him.”
Dalrymple said the church has also built relationships with local contractors who gave them a “better-than-Church discount” when they saw the volunteer spirit of the project. From church that runs 150 on a Sunday morning, dozens have stepped up to work on the building, or ensure the volunteers are well-fed with hot meals or fresh cookies.
“It’s a been a real revival and renewal for us,” he said.
Baptist Builders offers a simple way to help churches with construction projects while being good stewards: a church provides the materials, and Baptist Builders provide the expert labor at zero cost. It may be a little bit more time-consuming than paying a contractor, but it is substantially cheaper. Volunteers pay their own expenses, use their own tools and even carry their own insurance. Baptist Builders was formerly a ministry organized through the Home Mission Board, which became the North American Mission Board (NAMB). NAMB turned the ministry over to individual state conventions several years ago.
For more information about Baptist Builders, contact Dwain Carter at the Missouri Baptist Convention at 1-800-736-6227 or go to mobaptist.org/dr/baptist-builders/.