By R.J. Savely Jr.

What do you do when your church building needs major repairs and most of your members are physically unable to do the work?

If you are Kimball Baptist Fellowship, Kimball, Neb., you secure the needed materials and ask for help from the sister churches in the Panhandle part of Oregon Trail Baptist Association!

More than 40 volunteers from three other churches — Bethel Baptist, Scottsbluff; Calvary Baptist, North Platte; and New Hope Fellowship, Lodgepole — arrived on Saturday, Aug. 4, to repair windows, replace doors, caulk, paint, secure ceiling tiles, install speakers and do other work on both the church building and the parsonage. Scaffolding, scrapers, saws, hammers, paintbrushes and other tools were in abundance. Age did not matter – everyone from 8 to over 80 was busy throughout the day.

The ladies of Kimball Baptist Fellowship provided an ample lunch to feed the volunteers.

What difference did this make? Several members of the Kimball church said it made a huge difference that others showed up to do the work needed. The repairs will also make a difference in presenting Jesus to the people in Kimball.

The church currently sponsors a weekly Kids Club and a monthly food pantry to reach their community.

While other work still needs to be completed on the Kimball building and parsonage, the improvements are noticeable and greatly appreciated.

R.J. Savely Jr. is pastor of New Hope Fellowship, Lodgepole, Neb.