Each year our church sends a mission team to areas in need in the United States
On December 11, 2021 a devastating tornado struck southern Kentucky causing massive damage. Last Tuesday thru Saturday, eight members of FPC Franklin traveled to Bowling Green to help that community rebuild from that disaster. Joe Duarte, John Moulton Russ Phillips, Elizabeth Stivers, Harriett Sawyer, Anne Keener, Pastor Mary Sellers Shaw and Mike Anderson were the volunteers. Also, Jennifer Godwin and Katie Gottlieb traveled to Bowling Green to provide a dinner and breakfast for our volunteer group.
Our group was hosted by First Christian Church of Bowling Green and we worked with Joel Hawkins who is a pastor at Crossland Church of Bowling Green. Crossland Church has committed to providing volunteers working on 20 homes this year. Our project involved working on a home under the direction of James and Jef Scott who are contractors, one of which had his home destroyed by the storm along the same street as our project. The use of contractors reduces the liability to Crossland Church and combined with donated materials and volunteer labor reduces the overall cost to the homeowner. We installed vinyl siding around the entire house as well as completing projects in the kitchen and laundry room.
This mission trip was a great fit for our group due to the close proximity to Franklin and the working relationship we had with Crossland Church and the passion of the Scott Brothers taking the time to show our group what needed to be done while working alongside us. Bowling Green and southern Kentucky has a ways to go in the rebuilding process which will take a considerable amount of time. We are glad that we had the opportunity to travel to that community to help in that rebuilding effort.