Several North Carolina Baptist churches are partners with
East Nashville Community Church in Nashville, Tenn., helping that church reach
a poor community. The Peoples Church in Franklin, Tenn., is the sponsoring
“Times are hard and many churches are struggling to meet
their budgets,” said Patsy Costner, East Nashville Community Church development
and outreach director.
“However, as churches in North Carolina heard of the mission
work going on in the ghetto in our community they began partnering with us.”
Costner said Flint Hill Baptist, Boiling Springs Baptist,
Pleasant Ridge Baptist, Zoar Baptist, Floyd’s Creek Baptist and Three Forks
Baptist churches have sacrificially given.
“In July we were carrying boxes of clothing into the Martha
O’Bryan Center,” Costner said. “A man looked at me and said something that
still rings through my mind and touches the deepest part of my heart: ‘Lady if
you want to make a difference in our neighborhood, you gotta walk our
streets.’ That day we were reminded of a fundamental principal to
ministry: that while connecting is important, connecting is only the beginning
of making a difference in someone’s life.”
In August, East Nashville planted a church at the Kirkpatrick
Recreation Center with more than 100 now attending regularly.
Helping churches through Woman’s Missionary Union, Baptist
Men and children’s mission groups have helped in the church’s budget, made
Christmas bags, bought Bibles and purchased ministry tools such as sound
equipment and puppets.
Learn more about the church at www.eastnashville.cc or
contact Costner at [email protected].
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