It was a very busy scene Friday on Maple Leaf Road near Kentucky 11 as hundreds of people volunteered their time to build a church in one day.
For members of the Turning Point Apostolic Church in Maysville, the day was filled with excitement and appreciation for those who came to help make a dream a reality.
Turning Point minister Brian Young was never in one place long as he was called from one project to another. Alongside him every step of the way were members of the United Pentecostal Church International, and the organization’s North America Mission Society.
The Church In A Day project in Maysville is just what it sounds like: building a church in a 24-hour period. Preliminary work on the slab foundation, driveway and other infrastructure was in place when volunteers arrived early Friday morning to start construction of the structure. By 6:30 a.m., Saturday, everything will be finished including painting the walls, installing seating, the baptistery, restroom facilities, the pulpit, and the landscaping. The building will seat 125 – 150 people.
“We raised the walls at 6:35 (a.m.) and here we are at 10:41 (a.m.) and its completely up and being wrapped and the windows are in,” Young said.
The Maysville project is the first for CIAD in Kentucky.
Nicole Kiner and Susie Faulk, from New Palestine, Ind., were in town to help after experiencing a CIAD at their church, New Life in Cumberland Church, which was built in the fall of 2016. The women said while the men do the manual labor, their duties are to help serve food during the day, and register volunteers as they arrive for their works shift.
Josh Resar was in town from Ontario, Canada, and was helping with parking. As a close friend of Young’s, he arrived Thursday and will leave Saturday.
“I am here because we love the Youngs so much,” he said of his friends.
“This is number 125 (church) here in Maysville,” said Terry Long, national director of CIAD. “We’ve been doing this for 22 years.”