Churches of every race and denomination are pledging to help rebuild the oldest African-American church in Adairsville, Ga. The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church had 103 years of history before it was destroyed by an EF3 tornado two weeks ago.
After the church's structure was deemed unsafe, a group volunteered to knock it down and haul it away. That gift actually that saved the congregation $12,000.
Churches throughout Bartow County recognize what's been lost and are coming to the rescue.
"So what's happening is, we are going to make sure that church is rebuilt," said the Rev. Ken Coomer of the Adairsville Church of God.
The churches in the county have pledged funds and assistance to rebuild Friendship Missionary Baptist.
"It's been great, man. It's been overwhelming. I don't have the words for it. I swear I don't," said Earl Wilkey-Decon of Friendship Missionary Baptists.
Lurlene Lowe, a member of the church for 62 years, says she is excited to have been part of the churches past, and, with the help of others, its future.
A fund has been set up to help the church. You can make a donation to:
Attn. Glenda Duvall United Community Bank PO Box 405 Adairsville, GA 30103
United Community Bank
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