Volume 8, Issue 1
flooded the coastal areas. Hoboken was
caught in the path of that surge and three
feet of water flooded the newly prepared
church building. The power was out
and Brother Rizzo took advantage of the
opportunity to provide generators for
people to power up cell phones and set up
grills to cook food as people emptied their
freezers and brought food to be cooked.
The call went out for help. Churches and
individuals responded with contributions
and “putting boots on the ground” as the
drywall was torn out and replaced. Ruined
hymnals, Bibles and chairs were replaced
and repaired. “Helping hands” came and
did a good work so that City Baptist could
continue having services. We send a big
thank you to each individual and church
that had a part in making this all happen to
the glory of God.
Go to www.bimi.org/sandy to read more
Deaf Baptist Church Dedicates Building
by Bruce and Vicki Kelly
The Deaf Baptist Church in Smyrna, Georgia, where Bruce Kelly is the pastor,
has worked diligently for more than two years to get into the building they had
purchased for holding services. Brother Kelly has been faithful to the task of
planting this church and rejoices now that they are able to hold services there. Dr.
Ray Thompson of Baptist International Missions, Inc., was one of six speakers for
this momentous occasion. The following is a report from Pastor Kelly:
We started a Bible study in Calvary Baptist Church on March 16, 2001. There
were five deaf people who attended the first service and then we organized the
Deaf Baptist Church on March 16, 2003.
In 2009 we began looking for a building to purchase. We found property and
purchased it for $142,477.60 on May 28, 2010. The building was in bad shape and
needed a lot of work. We had to wait nine months for a work team to replace
the roof. Then the city required us to draw up a blueprint so it took six months
before the city of Smyrna would give approval. We finally started the renovations
on September 2011. The city codes required the installation of a sprinkler and
fire alarm system which was very expensive. Finally, we got the Certificate of
Occupancy on September 10, 2012. Our first service in the building on was
September 16, 2012, and our Grand Opening on October 21, 2012, with 115
in attendance. We invited six speakers for the Grand Opening service. It was a
wonderful time with many blessings.
The cost of renovations is $125,349.52 over and above the initial purchase price of
the property. We had to borrow $50,000 from the bank and we owe $5,000 to two
different companies for plumbing and electrical work (our goal is to pay them off
as soon as possible). We have already paid off $205,827.12. Praise God! He has
done great things; however, the building is not completely finished. We still need
to do hardwood floors and put a special finish on the auditorium floor as well as purchase chairs for the auditorium.
Please pray for more funds to pay off the bank loan and a total of $5,000 owed to two different companies. If the Lord would
impress you to give to this need, you may send contributions to Deaf Baptist Church, 3000 Jonquil Dr., Smyrna, Georgia 30080. Our
VRS phone is 678–275–8910 if you need to contact us.