Camp An­ti­och get­ting build­ing help

♦ Mis­sion­ary group of con­trac­tors com­ing in to help with prob­lems at Polk-Har­al­son Chris­tian Life Cen­ter

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­

Much needed up­grades like new paint, fixes to elec­tri­cal and plumb­ing and much more are com­ing to one long­time or­ga­ni­za­tion’s fa­cil­ity thanks to a mis­sion group out of Alabama this week com­ing to pro­vide their ser­vices and pur­chas­ing ma­te­ri­als as part of their way to give back.

Jerry Fer­rell and his wife are be­ing joined by a group of mis­sion­ary con­trac­tors who travel across the coun­try of­fer­ing their ser­vices to churches and groups who need build­ing sup­port, but don’t have the funds to do it them­selves.

The Polk Har­al­son Chris­tian Life Cen­ter is the lat­est tar­get for the group, which has for three decades been of­fer­ing up a va­ri­ety of ser­vices to Chrisi­tan com­mu­ni­ties. They’re lat­est project brings Fer­rell and friends back to what is com­monly known as Camp An­ti­och to pro­vide help this week.

“We’ve been all over the coun­try, from Alaska to South Dakota, Texas, Mis­souri, Ok­la­homa out to the reser­va­tions there, and Ten­nessee,” he said. “We’ve been a lot of dif­fer­ent places.”

He and oth­ers pulled up in travel trail­ers over the week­end ahead of the start of work on Mon­day.

“We’re used to build­ing churches over the sum­mer, but it is get­ting harder to find a place to build be­cause there are so many groups that are do­ing the same thing,” Fer­rell said. “Our as­so­ci­a­tion’s mis­sion­ary was talk­ing to a mis­sion­ary in Ge­or­gia. He (the as­so­ci­a­tion’s mis­sion­ary) asked him if he could think of a place to go, and it was sug­gested we come here.”

He re­called a pre­vi­ous trip to Camp An­ti­och for a stay while they worked on an­other church in Ge­or­gia, and was glad to re­turn.

“We re­ally en­joy be­ing able to help other peo­ple out over the years,”

Fer­rell said af­ter con­ver­sa­tions with Jan­ice Ste­wart, who runs Camp An­ti­och’s var­i­ous pro­grams of mis­sion­ary and youth out­reach through­out the year, wel­comed them with open arms.

She al­ready had a laun­dry list of items ready for the con­trac­tor mis­sion­ar­ies to help fix.

“Where we need the help most is with elec­tri­cal is­sues,” she said. “We need plumb­ing help, and a lot of struc­tural things that we need the pro­fes­sional help with. We’re glad to have them here to help.”

Fer­rell said 42 mem­bers have pledged to come take part in this week’s work, which should wrap up by Fri­day. The plan is to give a fresh makeover and fix prob­lems in the for­mer An­ti­och School, which was built in 1939.

“Some of the things are still here from the Roo­sevelt era,” Ste­wart said.

Af­ter its life ended as a school in the An­ti­och com­mu­nity, it took up a new life of shel­ter and ed­u­ca­tion of Chris­tian val­ues.

Ste­wart said the fa­cil­ity and grounds have been known by many names over the year, but part of the build­ing re­fresh this week will be ce­ment­ing the name for years to come.

Af­ter all, it will al­ways be known as Camp An­ti­och.

Cedar­town High’s Seth Beck­man is headed off to Mary­land this week to com­pete in the FBLA na­tional com­pe­ti­tion along with oth­ers from Ge­or­gia as part of a su­per team of net­work­ing stu­dents. Kevin Myrick

/ Kevin Myrick

Camp An­ti­och is get­ting a lot of help this week to make re­pairs to the struc­ture, elec­tri­cal and plumb­ing sys­tems within the decades old build­ing.

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