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New Speedwell church opens in time for Easter thanks to volunteer help

(WBIR-Speedwell) Members of a Speedwell church worshiped in a new building for the first time on Easter.

Since last June, volunteers from all across the United States have helped build the new Haynes Flat Baptist Church. The old church was about 100 years old, located down the street from the new site.

About 80% of this church was built by volunteers from nearly 20 states.

"I've met a lot of amazing people. Changed my life, made me have a new respect for the people who love God and show their service to God. Selflessness. And it was very moving," said Kim Edwards, a Haynes Flat Baptist Church member for the past 30 years.

Darryl Overton has been a member of this church for his entire life. He helped with the building.

"When they (volunteers) left, they took up offerings, thousands of dollars. After they came and did it for us, they came and gave us money when they left," Overton said.

Underneath the church's walls are hundreds of scripture verses, written on wooden beams by the volunteers who helped build the church.

"So prayers and scripture verses is all between the walls, even before they put the insulation up. So even from the foundation up, it's been all about God," Youth Pastor Travis Dunn said.

According to Overton, volunteers traveled to Speedwell all the way up until last weekend.

They put the finishing touches on the church less than 24 hours before the first service.

Back in June, they estimated saving about $200,000 in labor because of volunteers.


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