By Portia Williams
RUSSELL, Ky. - More than 100 volunteers contributed their time and service to the building of 21 pre-fabricated sheds for families devastated by natural disasters. The project was a collaborative effort between Bridges Christian Church and Cross Roads Missions.
Mark McKinney, an associate minister at Bridges Christian Church (BCC), and church leader of the shed project, said the church parking lot was fully loaded July 11 and 12 with an abundance of lumber.
“Crossroads has come up with a plan to build 21 sheds in one day. What we do is, with these sheds we build the walls that are put together, assembled where they are needed. So we build the walls, the floors, and put siding on them. I think it takes about five sections to make a shed, so when we are done those are loaded into a semi truck at the end of the day, and they are shipped to places where people have lost their homes,” McKinney said.
According to McKinney, BCC has partnered with Crossroads in the building of the sheds for two years, and it is a two day process.
“On Friday at five o’clock we have what’s called a pre-cut. They set up four saws and tell us what length to cut them, label them and stack them in piles. After the pre-cut is completed, there is a training session takes place, and they tell you how to put the things together,” he said.
Saturday consists of the implementation of skills learned in the training.
On Saturday you get a sheet of paper which tells you what to go get from the pile, and then go and get those materials and bring them over to where you’re working. There’s about four to five people working in each work section.
“Two years ago they went to Oklahoma, an area where a lot of homes were destroyed. The people’s homes are destroyed and they have things they can salvage but they have no place to put them because their homes are gone, and so they donate these sheds to them.
He said the sheds are assembled on the site of the victims property.
“After the sheds are assembled, then the people have a place to store their belongings that they are able to salvage.According to McKinney, it is the second time that the church has been involved with the shed-building,” he said.
“Cross roads sends two people here on site, and they bring in all of the tools, our volunteers just show up. They have enough hammers, all of the saws and everything to do the work. They bring a trailer that has all of the equipment in it,” he said.
He said Bridges Christian Church purchases the lumber to construct the sheds.
“What they do is ship us a material supply list of lumber that we need to buy for this project, which takes about 770 or so two by fours at a certain length, 200 or so at another length and so forth. Here at Bridges Christian Church, we purchase all of that lumber, which totals about $12,000. Then, we pay for the semi truck to ship it, so it comes to $15,000 that our church contributes,” he said.
He said the congregation of BCC enjoys helping out with the shed building projects for the cause of Christ.
“It gives us an opportunity to help hurting people in the name of Christ. I have never been on the other end when the people deliver the sheds, but they make sure that people know that this has been delivered in the name of Christ,” he said. “Because of God’s love, we want to reach out and help them.”
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-370-0712 or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.