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Repairs begin at Shawnee church in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

From framing walls, to securing them in place, beneath Liberty Bible Baptist Church crews hammered away at what will become a youth center. From framing walls, to securing them in place, beneath Liberty Bible Baptist Church crews hammered away at what will become a youth center.
Assistant Pastor Emery Lee Assistant Pastor Emery Lee
Repair work is expected to continue at the church through April. Repair work is expected to continue at the church through April.
Pastor Darrell Ray Pastor Darrell Ray

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day, several local groups honored the American activist's legacy by giving their time and services to a church in need.

Instead of taking the day off, volunteers from Ford and UAW Local 862 got to work Monday morning, offering service for peace in the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

From framing walls, to securing them in place, beneath Liberty Bible Baptist Church crews hammered away at what will become a youth center.

Together with LBBC staff, the group helped transform a long-awaited vision into reality.

"We've got great volunteers from Ford UAW who are participating in the Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service," said Assistant Pastor Emery Lee.

Grateful for the skilled help, Assistant Pastor Lee admitted without the volunteers, efforts to repair $120,000 worth of prior vandalism might not have gone as well.

"They've helped us because I, myself, am not a carpenter and I couldn't do it myself," said Rev. Lee. "They're putting up studs. They're helping us launch months ahead of schedule."

"I'm overjoyed," said Pastor Darrell Ray. "It's so exciting because we worked for months preparing for this."

While the donated labor is a blessing to Pastor Ray, he said the church still faces a huge obstacle in getting back up and running.

"The person that we thought was going to assist us with supplies backed out at the last moment," explained Pastor Ray. "It's a shame to have dedicated people, skilled people that know what they're doing here to do the work and yet running out of materials."

In order to keep the project on track, Liberty Bible Baptist churchgoers have reached out to the public for help, asking donations be made for additional building supplies. Donations can be made to the Liberty Bible Baptist Church at L&N Federal Credit Union locations through the Shawnee Community Development of Liberty fund.

"It's a great opportunity for those that know how to make it a day on and not a day off," said Assistant Pastor Lee.

With a congregation overrun by youth, church leaders said completing the renovation is imperative. With that in mind, the LBBC congregation will count all blessings, in addition to dollars, in hopes of seeing their church resurrected in time for Easter.

Repair work is expected to continue at the church through April, extending the annual MLK Day of Service into a season of service.

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