Work site, day one.
Digging the footer.
Some day, at a more appropriate time, I will share with you the many challenges we have faced in this project. But today is a day for celebration, thanksgiving, and . . . reflection. The following excerpt is from a sermon I preached back in 2006 . . .
The year is 1920. A group of approximately two dozen Baptists, sharing the building across the street with another church, decide that it is time to stack their own stones (just as God commanded the Israelites), to build something that would leave a legacy of faith for future generations. That group of two dozen Baptists bought the two acres that you are sitting on today for $20. In a day and age when the average farmer made $800/yr, the church built a place of worship that cost the relatively large sum of $10,000. And with that money, a group of two dozen Baptists (in faith) built a place of worship that could seat 150... the very room that you’re sitting in today.
The county newspaper in 1930 said of this building, “The Selmore Baptist Church [is] located on Highway 65, about 600 yards south of the business section of Selmore... The Selmore church is of brick, facing the west. It has a large roomy auditorium... The growth and influence of the Selmore church has been remarkable. Its people... seem consecrated to the advancement of the Kingdom and today this church stands as one of the leading church institutions in all Missouri.”