The sanctuary of the Decherd, Tenn., Church has a history that goes back to 1856, when the plot was donated so that a place of public worship could be built. Over the years, the structure was destroyed twice, and after the second rebuild it became a television repair shop. However, in the early ’80s, God brought it back to be a place of worship for the Decherd congregation.
By 2012 the sanctuary was falling apart: the roof needed work; one wall was buckling, which threatened the stability of the structure; and the floor was sagging. Something needed to be done, but it was challenging for a church with only eight active members. The only options were to decide on simply tearing down the building or doing a complete renovation. Much discussion and prayer took place, reports from engineers were reviewed, and quotes were discussed. In the end it was decided to renovate the old sanctuary to keep its historic façade.
Since there were only eight active members in the church, a loan wasn’t the answer. They decided to trust God to provide the finances needed to complete the renovations. Many were the challenges faced during the renovation process, including the death of Jay Prall who spearheaded the project. Yet, in His time, God answered prayers by providing the necessary funds and help from vendors and members of the three churches in the district.
The much anticipated grand reopening of Decherd Church was finally celebrated on Sabbath, September 16, 2017, and as of that date, approximately $212,000 has been paid on the work, but without any debt. How was this possible? It was possible because there are no impossibilities for a mighty God. The members of Decherd Church praise God for what He has done, knowing that He must have a plan for the members.
Kentucky-Tennessee | November 2017