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Building walls, lifting spirits

McALISTERVILLE — The congregation of Bunkertown Church of the Brethren came together this summer to build a wall that will be used to construct a home for a family in need.

The wall will make a trek to West Point, Georgia with a hand full of local missionaries in October, where the house will be completed.

The mission is through the Chattahoochee Fuller Center, part of a nationwide nonprofit that uses volunteers to build homes to fill a range of needs.

The Fuller Center was founded by Millard Fuller — the same person who founded Habitat for Humanity.

The idea started with Barry and Amy Stuck, who have traveled to the Chattahoochee Fuller Center for mission trips on eight other occassions.

“If we were going to do it, we wanted to involve the church and we wanted to build the walls here,” said Barry Stuck. “We talked to our pastor and the church got on board with it.”

“By building it here, I feel we (had) more control over the quality. There were a number of people that aren’t able to go on a trip like that. This gave a lot more people the opportunity to get involved with the mission work that’s being done,” Barry Stuck said.

He added that about 40 congregants and community members helped build the wall and 17 will be traveling to Georgia to put the wall up.

“Our church has a desire to do outreach in the community and be involved in helping people and hopefully this is the stepping stone to not just go into other areas, but also work here at home to help people in need,” Stuck said.

The church was able to raise $4,000 through fundraising. All work done was volunteer.

Barry Stuck said he is glad to be able to use his carpenting skills to help others.

“I feel God’s gift to me was to work with my hands, I think honoring God that way and doing what ever we can to help others shows people we’re like the hand of God.”

The wall will be hauled to Georgia by a local trucking company.

When the missionaries get to Georgia, they will have to put flooring cover down and finish up some painting.

When complete, the home will be used for a 14-year Army veteran and her 12-year old granddaughter.

The Fuller Center is a nationwide nonprofit, with centers across the country. Individuals interested in participating in mission work in the future can visit www.fullercenter.org for more information.

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