Volunteers sought to complete church project; Local company and affiliates donate roof
WAXAHACHIE– When long-time area roofer Marty Haight learned a team of volunteers from around the world was planning to build a church in a week, his natural instinct was to pitch in and help.
Haight owns Roofing Restoration of America in Waxahachie and is co-founder of the 3C Network of Consumers Contractors and Carriers based in Omaha, NE. 3C Network’s members help restore homes and businesses around the country damaged by severe storms.
The project has overcome many obstacles already, including more than 100 volunteers suffering from heat stroke in July.
“Unfortunately the July week the 300 volunteers ascended to Italy to help build Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church the area was hit by 100-plus degree heat wave that ‘wiped out’ the volunteers,” said Haight.
“They had some sheet rock and insulation and supplies that necessitated a roof be placed on the structure to protect those supplies. Basically the church only has a frame and a roof so they desperately need some more help.”
Haight estimated the value of donated roofing materials from the 3C Network to be around $20,000.
Pastor Preston Dixon was elated by the donation of roofing materials and says the little congregation of about 300 was blessed to get a much-needed new church facility. About $50,000 was raised to pay for the project but it will need volunteers to finish the work.
“We are praying to have our new church home ready for Christmas to celebrate Christ and serve our community,” said Dixon.
“We need help putting up sheet rock, insulation, windows, finish work and constructing a parking lot. 3C gave us a roof now we want to raise the roof and finish this structure to worship.
Currently, the Baptist Church is meeting across the street of the construction site at 117 Harris Street. For more information or if you are interested in helping, call the church at 972-483-6888 or visit the Website www.mgmbc.org.