Volunteers travel for miles to renovate church

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Volunteers drive several hours to help a man who wants to give back to his church.  After a beating a long battle with cancer, Michael Barndollar set out on a big project: to rebuild the Nazarene Church.  It’s a task that could’ve taken months, but thanks to helping hands, it came together in just a weekend. 

“New roof, new siding, new windows, a lot of new… everything really, and we’re doing almost a remodel,” Zachary Hatch, a volunteer, tells us.  Volunteers from Nazarene churches across the state picked up their shovels and paint brushes.  They say stepping in to help someone or something in need, is what their community is all about.

Andy Russell comes to Erie from the Nazarene Church in Beaver Falls.   “Some people; their talent is singing. Some people; their talent is playing an instrument and some people; their talent is building. When we all come together to do what we need to do, [we] make something happen. We don’t know if we’re going to get done before it rains, but we know God’s in it so we’re going to make it happen.  And, many of these volunteers don’t have much construction experience, so they’re learning the tricks just for the sake of helping out the church.”

“So what we did was take out the tile, blow out the insulation and it got pretty dusty yesterday so it was fun.”

Ashley Furr from New Galilee Pennsylvania says no church in the Nazarene community stands alone, and spending the weekend painting, hammering and gardening to achieve Barndollar’s remission goal is worth the trip. 

 Hatch says, “I think it’s gonna be a huge change. It’s definitely a visual for the community to see that we’re alive and active and working and the Lord’s got a lot in store for this little church.” 

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