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ITALY - A group mission consisting of more than 300 volunteers has been delayed because of the consistent triple digit heat in Ellis County. 

Friday, July 22 a team of 300 volunteers from all over the world were to join together and erect a roof on a church located at 117 Harris Street.  Part of an idea by Waxahachie roofing contractor Mark Haight to build a Baptist church in a week. 

“150 of the 300 volunteers suffered from heat exhaustion so the project is delayed,” said Speaker Stacey McBride.

McBride did say the volunteers were not used to the extreme heat here in Texas’ summer months. 

“Everyone is okay but many people traveled from all over the US and parts of the world so they likely don’t know Texas heat.” 

“The roof is another 30-degrees hotter too,” said McBride.

Haight is co-founder of the 3C Network of Consumers Contractors and Carriers based in Omaha, Neb., whose members help restore homes and businesses around the country damaged by severe storms.

“If 300 volunteers were willing to come out in the Texas heat in July to build a new church for the folks at Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church, we figured we could at least donate enough quality materials to ensure that they end up with a good roof over their heads,” said Haight. 

Haight estimated the value of donated roofing materials from the 3C Network to be about $20,000.

Pastor Preston Dixon was elated by the donation of roofing materials and said the little congregation of about 300 was blessed to get a much needed new church facility.

$50,000 was raised to pay for the project, and Texas Baptist Builders arranged for enough volunteers to get the job done.

The delay will not detour the project.

“Haight is going to get a crew to complete,” said McBride. 

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