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TROUBLE-SHOOTER Wayne Honeycutt listens intently as construction volunteer Dacote Whitaker
BY SUSAN USHER
They were everywhere, swarm
ing. 150-plus volunteers with sweat
rolling down their faces and tools
gripped in their fists. And they were
A church was going up, and hun
dreds of Baptist men, women and
teen-agers from across North
Carolina and from South Carolina
and Georgia were helping to make it
They came alone or with groups
of 12 to 15 people from the same
church. A self-employed elcctrical
contractor who closed his business
for two weeks, a lawyer and a doctor
who took time out from their prac
tices. Employees who used vacation
time to go on mission.
And A New Church Goes
In all, pastors and/or members
representing 30 to 40 congregations
were helping to raise Brunswick
County's youngest Baptist church,
the 160-nieniher strong South
Brunswick Islands. Some came for
several days, others for several
weeks to share whatever skill or tal
ent they had. They spent their own
lime, their own money, and left
work of their own undone.
"Nobody can put into words how
the Lord blesses you for doing
something like this," said Arnold
Flowers, who with his sons Scott,
13, and Jeremy, 12. was part of a 15
member work team from Love
Memorial in Goldsboro. Flowers
traveled to Brazil last year with a
church-building team from Love
Memorial, but this was their first
mission project as a family.
Joe Padgett, a printer from
Charlotte, couldn't agree more.
"I don't do this for a living," he
said, taking a break from cutting
strips of insulation batting. "I just
love to do it."
The target date for general com
pletion is June 27, when the church
expects to baptize new affiliates in
the baptismal pool.
The first of its kind in the state,
the project reflects the inspiration,
experiences, and year-long planning
of three men: South Brunswick
Islands pastor Jack Hancox of Oak
Island, a retired missionary; Wayne
Honcycutt of Dallas. N.C., church
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SCOTT FLOWERS drives a nail under the watchful eye of his
builder for the North Carolina people." said Honcycutt.
Baptist Men; and Cameron Norris of All three men have been involved
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niqucs, this is a first for the North
Carolina Baptist Men. As the Baptist
State Convention's church builder,
Honeyeutt typically spends six to
eight months finishing a single
church with the help of several work
teams, not three weeks.
'The State (Baptist Convention)
is watching us," said Norris. "It's
their dream to be able to do it."
Planning for the project began ap
proximately a year ago, with plenty
of both prayer and coordinating to
bring the right people on site at the
right time, with materials waiting.
'The stuff is here and the people
arc here. It's just a matter of bring
ing it together." said Hancox. "It's
an cxciting thing."
Norris recitcd a litany of activity:
"Monday a week ago we had a team
that wanted to come in early, so we
put in the steel structure and the
Then came the plywood and studs
for the exterior walls. By Friday
morning, workers were setting insu
lation. shcctrock. electrical conduit
and ductwork into place.
But that was just a part of the pic
The teams concentrated here
these few weeks have been building
a church in more ways than one.
Teams of tccn-agcrs and iheir adult
leaders held Backyard Bible Clubs,
witnessed through music and pup
petry in campgrounds and on the
beach. Teams of adults from the host
church and from Georgia and South
Carolina churches canvassed door
to-door, Irving to identify house
holds where members do not attend
This week Three Forks Baptist
Church in Taylorsville has rented six
beach houses for a group of 45, in
cluding teams of brick masons
whose goal is to get their work done
by Wednesday so they play a round
or two of golf before heading home.
The teams reconnect to share
meals served three times a day under
a huge blue and gold striped tent
with sawdust floor. The food is pre
pared and served by still more vol
unteers. working out of the same
North Carolina Baptist Men's disas
ter van that served Hurricane
Andrew victims in Florida and
Hurricane Hugo victims in South
Carolina. Suppers are special, typi
cally provided by a church from a
neighboring county, and one night,
by the new church's sponsor,
Antioch Baptist of Bolivia.
' We're excited about what we're
doing," said Norris. "We want local
pastors and people to know we re
not after their members. We're try
ing to reach the unchurched. We un
derstand there are approximately
5,(XK) people between these two
rivers (Lockwood Folly and
Shallotte) who fit that description."
The mission-oriented congrega
tion has outgrown its temporary
quarters on Holden Beach Road and
is anxiously awaiting the dedication
of its new home on Mt. Pisgah
"It's not going to be anything lux
urious; it will be spartan, to be used
for many different things," said
Hancox. "For example, we built this
with steel with the intent of it be
coming a designated hurricane shel
ter. We know it will qualify."
Next summer, when Norris and
Honeycutt team again to build a
church for a growing Chinese Bap
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