A helping hand: Wartrace Baptist assists churches in Utah

Sunday, August 5, 2018
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A group from Wartrace Baptist Church traveled to Provo, Utah, the last week in June. While there the team replaced a roof on First Baptist Church in Provo, which is pastored by Shelbyville native Russ Robinson. The team also assisted church planters Kirk and Kathy Shull and pampered the pastors’ wives while there. A total of 14 volunteers made the trip. The roof repair was needed because of the age of the existing roof. The building is used by two different churches and approximately 200 individuals on mission trips throughout the year. The existing roof was estimated to be about 40-50 years old and in desperate need of replacement. The Wartrace team removed three layers of roof (two layers of asphalt shingles and one layer of cedar shake shingles) to take the building back to its original structure. Volunteers decked the roof and shingled it. Resources for the project were provided by the church and by the Utah Baptist Convention. According to the members of Provo First Baptist, the building is approximately 120 years old and still in need of further renovations. Wartrace Baptist hopes to return and help the church again in the future. The drive to Utah took more than 60 hours of driving time through 13 different states.