Volunteers gather to build a Maysville church in 24 hours

Posted at 5:32 PM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-13 17:10:36-04

MAYSVILLE, Ky. -- Rome wasn't built in a day, so North America Missions decided to start smaller. Instead of a city, they spent Friday night constructing a new sanctuary for the congregants of Turning Point Apostolic Church.

Construction started Friday morning. And, on schedule, it was pretty much completed by 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

North American Missions' "Church in a Day" projects, of which 124 have already been completed, require the work of hundreds of volunteers. The staff and worshippers at Turning Point are chipping in, but they're being assisted by volunteers from nine other states.

"All types of ministries come together to make something like this happen," North American Missions representative Bill Hobson said.

Pastor Brian Young of Turning Point said the 24-hour project took 18 months to arrange. His congregation, according to Young, was in desperate need of a new place to worship.

"I don't know if words can adequately describe it," he said. "We have been in a very small -- much smaller than this -- building in downtown Maysville."

The new building will become a long-term home for Turning Point, Young said. He thought it would finally feel like a church with the first service at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Young said he was as pleased by the cooperation and enthusiasm of the volunteers as by the prospect of having a new site for his church.

"It brings people together with a kingdom mentality," he said. "It's not about me, it's not about you. It's about God."