Floods can’t stop the resolve of attendees at Gospel Baptist Church.
A 2013 flood destroyed 90 percent of the church building, but the church has since restored its facility and is continuing its mission of sharing the message of Jesus.
“We had to take a loan out to rebuild because the insurance only sent us a check for $2,500,” Family Pastor Matt Barton said. “It took us over $500,000 to rebuild. Our gym wasn’t flooded, so we set up there and other small rooms. Some people left because of this.”
But the church has recovered and is looking to reach out to the community.
“A lot of things going on here,” Barton said, who said the church is planning several large events for the area.
* A Kids Carnival will be held 4-6 p.m. July 12 at Heise Park
* The church will host its 16th Cruise-In Car Show 2-7 p.m. July 18
* The church will be holding the first Family-Friendly Vacation Bible School 6-8 p.m. Aug. 6-8 with a Grand Finale 10:30 a.m. Aug. 9.
“Anyone can come,” Barton said. “We want to show the community we are still here and give the community information about the church. VBS is our big thing this year. We are trying something new. It’s open to all family not just a kids ministry we are involving parents to have fun with them.”
The church uses word of mouth to lead others to the church.
“Anybody is welcome, come and try. See how you like it.” Barton said, “We want to be here for the community and reach the community.”Reach Deborah Elaine Evans at 419-468-1117 ext. 2049 or on Twitter at @deborahevans31