Region Eight Congregation Builds Church in Three Days

October 12, 2003 — Posted at 7:50 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR — Yancy Keith says he's been volunteering his carpentry skills to the church for the past twenty years.

"Even though we're involved in it, it still seems like a miracle."

Mary Rodgers says she's seen many churches go up before.

"I think it's normal, amazing but normal."

Normal to build a church in three days?  Those are words followers of the Jehovah's Witness faith use to describe how they started building a church on Thursday and had it ready for worship on Sunday, a total of three days.

Building coordinator, Fred Emanuel says he still gets choked up.

"You can't help but get a lump in your throat.  I've been doing this for twenty years and you can't help but get a lump when you look around and see everyone working so hard for nothing."

Volunteers from all over Arkansas volunteered their time working through the night, testing equipment, adding finishing touches and laying the last brick this morning, just before the first service.

Rodgers says it's a family afair.

"It's not just a team we're really just family, brothers and sisters working together and some of the brothers are licensed......we want everyone to be able to get out to our primary purpose in ministry to get out and share the good news with people."

News Emanuel says they can't spread without giving thanks.

"We have to give credit where credit is due and that's to Jehovah......whithout that, this couldn't happen, it would be impossible."