First United Methodist and Second Baptist Churches in Rutherfordton (above) joined forces April 28 in a joint Operation Inasmuch, helping those in need throughout Rutherford County. They are two of several churches who organized Operation Inasmuch in their communities and, in the process, sought out homeowners with urgent housing needs through Rutherford Housing Partnership.
First Methodist and Second Baptist volunteers, for example, adopted 6 RHP projects. They turned a bathtub into a step-in shower for a senior adult, replaced rotten countertops and siding for another, and replaced a rotten porch for still another. They underpinned a trailer to reduce heating bills, added safe railings around a porch, and repaired a roof that had leaked into a couple’s dining room for years.
Other church groups adopting RHP projects this spring: Adaville Baptist, Spindale • First Baptist Church, Rutherfordton • Florence Baptist Church, Forest City • Pleasantview Community Church, Forest City • Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church • West Point Baptist, Rutherfordton
This week, youth groups from First Baptist Greenville, SC, First Baptist Greensboro, & First Baptist High Point are roofing a house, building a porch and repairing a burned-out kitchen through a program called Unidiversity. Community Bible Church of Palmyra, PA, is returning for a fourth year in August -- all to help those in need. And Salem United Methodist, Bostic, is sponsoring its illumiNATION event in July to bring missions-minded youth to the county.
Bethany Baptist Church, Forest City, is planning a week-long mission trip right here at home
in Rutherford County in July.
Individuals help too. Kenny Howell, a local plumber who teaches plumbing at Cleveland Technical Community College, fits RHP plumbing repairs into his spare time. Bob Bourne and Dennis Danner design porches and ramps for some of the groups coming to town.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? Call RHP at 828-248-3431.