Archive for Thursday, July 2, 2009

Construction of Eudora Baptist Church ahead of schedule

The Eudora Baptist Church is seen above. Construction of the building began May 23 and was done by as many as 350 volunteers with Builders for Christ

The Eudora Baptist Church is seen above. Construction of the building began May 23 and was done by as many as 350 volunteers with Builders for Christ

July 2, 2009

Walls are up and a solid roof over the heads of workers constructing the new Eudora Baptist Church.

“It’s going great right now,” said the Rev. Kevin Wood of Eudora Baptist Church.

The construction effort is just about a month old, and already many of the external features and internal workings of the building are in place.

A cross has been hung in the window of the sanctuary, the baptistery is clearly recognizable and the building that was a mere stack of lumber several weeks ago, is well on its way to holding services in time for a Thanksgiving deadline.

“The electrical wires are pretty much run throughout the building. They’re working on the HVAC system or the air conditioning, so it’s come a long way,” said Wood. “All of that has happened because we have had roughly 350 volunteers from throughout America in over the last five weeks helping us out and they’ve done a great job.”

Those volunteers are part of a nationwide network of amateur builders who volunteer helping other Baptist ministries. Baptist Builders for Christ will send nearly 1,000 volunteers to Eudora during the 16-week construction period.

While a lot of work is complete, there is still much more to finish before the church’s congregation can put on the finishing touches.

“It looks like we’re ahead of schedule, and we should be able to be in the building sometime in November,” said Wood. “We will have teams of 20 and 30 and smaller teams that are helping us do some of the more specific things that have to be done.”

— Area reporter Mark Boyle can be reached at 832-6327.

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