COOK SPRINGS – Lending a helping hand. That is what a few good men from Cropwell Baptist Church are doing to help one lady who needed some help.
Elizabeth Patterson has been on dialysis for about a year due to kidney failure. She has to go three days per week.
If that isn’t enough, Patterson lost her husband, Eric, four months ago. She is now left to raise her two young children, Skylar, 11, and Madison, 9, alone.
Her mobile home needed repairs. When the men from church went to look at the trailer, they decided it would be better if they just built her a new home.
"This is really indescribable," Patterson said. "It means a lot."
Patterson’s parents, Wayne and Linda Cook, are members of Cropwell Baptist Church. Linda Cook said God put this project on the heart of a couple of men at the church even before Eric was buried.
"From that point on, it just kept growing, and God’s love was showing in the hearts of all these men," Cook said. "Before we knew it, there were 25 to 30 men up here working building a new home for her and the two kids.
"It’s just God showing out in all of this. I’ve been a member of Cropwell Baptist for 14 years."
Cook said she has always stressed to her children and grandchildren the importance of God’s love.
"If you have faith in God, you can see what He can do for you," Cook said. "This shows us how faith can really work through God if we let Him, if we trust Him, and if we turn it over to Him.
"I’ve always known Cropwell Baptist was a loving church because I have gone through some major health problems and deaths in my family. The love that is expressed through that church is incredible.
"I’m 67 years old, and it is the most loving church I’ve ever been in. To see these two grandchildren have a home they can go to and enjoy is wonderful. We’re just hoping these testimonies will reach them."
George Arrington, a deacon at Cropwell Baptist Church, said they are seeking donations to help finish with the inside of the home.
"It’s being able to give back," Arrington said. "It’s amazing when you see Christian men come together and what they can accomplish. I’m just happy to be a part of it."
The men worked so hard and so fast that four walls were up by 10 a.m. on the first day. By the third day, the home was blacked in. Vinyl siding was being placed on day four. The men putting on the vinyl siding were from Faith Baptist Church in Bowman, Ga.
Rev. Jamie Callaway is pastor of Faith Baptist Church.
"It is just a blessing to us to come help out a family in need," Callaway said. "We’ve been coming to this part of Alabama since the tornadoes in April 2011. We did a lot of work in Shoal Creek Valley and developed a lot of relationships.
"I really believe that is what the body of Christ is supposed to do. And that is to share the love of Jesus in real and practical ways. It is just a blessing to get to know the people of Alabama. We consider this our home away from home. We love it over here, and we love the wonderful people over here."