First Posted: 3/28/2012
Unseasonably warm weather, a group of Amish volunteers and lots of prayer contributed to the recent progress made on Countryside Community Church's new building, on Orchard Drive, 1/4 mile north of Newton-Ransom Boulevard, according to Pastor Jean-Pierre Duncan.
"God has been good to us…We've been blessed with really good weather," Duncan said, adding that it has helped the construction crew not only catch up, but maybe even move a little ahead of schedule.
He said the framing of the main floor is now complete, the heating and wiring is in progress, and soon the workers will start on the dry walls. The 42-foot steeple is scheduled to go up at 8 a.m. today.
"This whole project has been surrounded by a lot of prayer and hard work," Duncan said.
Some of that hard work came from an Amish crew that helped assemble the roof. Duncan said he was amazed at their skills and found himself holding his breath as they walked across planks at least 20 feet above the ground carrying long boards on a day when the wind was so strong, the snow blew sideways.
He said members of the congregation stop by during construction to pray for the project and the workers. Once the building is complete, the prayer is not likely to stop. Duncan said the new property will include a "prayer pathway" with a bench, where people can come to walk and/or sit and pray.
Target for completion is late July, but Duncan said they may begin meeting there before it is finished. The church is also planning this year's Easter sunrise service outdoors at the new property.