Volunteers brave the heat in the name of a higher power
CARBONDALE, Ill. — We all have our reasons for braving the heat but some visitors to our area are doing it in the name of a higher power.
A Georgia group called "Builders for Christ" is in Carbondale this week. They're helping one of the city's oldest churches build a new sanctuary by providing free labor.
And they're relying on faith, trusting that the soaring temperatures won't get in the way of the job.
There's only so much you can do to beat the heat when you spend all afternoon on a roof trying to frame a brand new sanctuary.
"You just can't work at a pace that's normal when it's this hot," Lunceford said. "You've got to slow yourself down."
Lunceford and his crew are with "Builders for Christ." They travel the country offering a helping hand to churches in need.
"These guys just love to serve and we love to give," Lunceford said. "It's a missions ministry."
Albert Ingram Jr. is pastor of Olivet Freewill Baptist Church. His congregation asked the builders to come.
"They put us on their calendar and this is what we have now," said Ingram.
The church paid for the materials but the volunteer labor won't cost them a penny.
"We're grateful as a congregation for all the help we received," said Ingram.
Crews will be working through these dangerously hot days. That's why the volunteers take time in the air conditioning for frequent water breaks. But the heat won't scare them away.
"Sometimes he gives us challenges and we just have to overcome those challenges," said Lunceford.
The pastor hopes the new church will be complete in a month's time.
Once the framing work is finished, another crew from Georgia will come in and complete the plumbing and electrical work.
That should happen next week.