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Volunteers Help One Church Build New Home

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--Last week was the sixth anniversary of the catastrophic floods of 2008. Years later, those affected by the event are still recovering.

Folks at New Life Pentecostal Church in Cedar Rapids were displaced when their building was inundated in water.

Now they are two days away from the completion of a brand new home.

Sawing, hammering, even drilling, its all hands on deck for these volunteers and it's taken six long years to get here, six years of displacement.

"After the flood hit, the water filled the whole basement, was up into the second floor of the sanctuary good four feet plus, said church member, Nick Klima.

"We were actually meeting in another location on Old Marion Rd at another church facility, said church pastor, Reverend Pierre Gibbs.

That all ends in two days as hundreds of volunteers join hands to help New Life Pentecostal members build a new church.

"Church in a Day brings in volunteer license contractors from all over the United States and erects a building for them totally free of any labor cost, said Reverend Lynn Spicer, Church in a Day Program Site Supervisor.

This project is an adaptation of the program, a program with a mission to rebuild, restore, and resurrect churches.

"Every part of this project from the ground up, people have come with a heart for the work of god, for churches and they are helping us put this building up together, said Rev. Gibbs.

"Everybody can't preach behind a pulpit, but there are a lot of people that can drive a nail or plum a wall or do something, said Rev. Spicer.

From the young to the old, everyone is working around the clock, to build not just a new home but a new beginning together.

"Its exciting to get to our own building, said Klima.

"Its going to be great. We're going to make it loud, we're going to make it proud and we're going to worship the lord, said Jason Faust, another church member.

Pastor Gibbs says they purchased this six acre land about four years ago, so finally getting down to work now is a big deal for them.

The goal is to hold church service here on Sunday.

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