With the help of volunteers and funding from the SBC of Virginia Foundation, Calvary Baptist Church was able to move into its new building on September 4, 2016.
At a Wednesday night prayer meeting in February 2008, Calvary Baptist Church members in Pound, VA came together to ask the Lord for wisdom regarding building a new facility. For five years, they had been meeting in a rented space that only accommodated 50 to 60 people in the worship area. After much prayer, the church decided to build.
“We have slowly seen God move His hand over this project since 2008,” says Pastor Ron Leach. “…through the provision of finances to people miraculously showing up to help in this building process—whether it’s a contractor or a tradesperson to donate their time in the building of our new facility. We had a master plumber show up and say he believed the Lord would have him do the work on our building for no fee.” All he requested was lunch, a helper, and materials. Other individuals felt called to give financially. Throughout the entire building process, God provided.
At one point, when the funds were almost depleted, the building team gathered in a desperate plea of faith: “Lord, we don’t know if we are going to get the loan from the SBC of Virginia Foundation, but we have a construction team coming from Alabama, and they need to know today whether or not they should come.” The Calvary team told the group from Alabama to come but admitted they may not have the funds to buy materials. The Alabama mission team stepped out in faith and decided to come anyway.
…thankful for God using the SBC of Virginia Foundation to help us realize our dream and fulfill God’s plan and purpose for Calvary Baptist Church.
Three days after that decision, says Pastor Ron, “the SBC of Virginia Foundation notified us that we had been approved to receive the loan. This was a God thing since…the bank would not even consider the loan. We are so thankful for God using the SBC of Virginia Foundation to help us realize our dream and fulfill God’s plan and purpose for Calvary Baptist Church.”
The SBC of Virginia Foundation was glad to be a part of the Lord’s provision. “We are here to help our churches reach their God-given vision,” explains Eddie Urbine, SBCV treasurer and secretary for the foundation.
Baptist Builders were also a godsend. “If we had not received their help, we could not have moved into the building on September 4, 2016. …Not only do they know what they’re doing, they have the heart of a servant. Steve, one of the volunteers, had a bad illness and didn’t really need to be here, but he desperately wanted to be a part of serving the Kingdom of the Lord. They had to make him leave the project for a scheduled doctor’s appointment because he did not want to leave. Baptist Builders were some of the best servants I have ever seen, and we learned a lot from them.”
Retired electrician Ron Chit Khin kept up his electrical certification and was able to supervise and help with the electrical work at Calvary. His work was essential to the project. Pastor Ron testifies that funds were tight, and “Ron Chit Khin volunteered all of his time as an effort to the Lord. Sometimes we had to encourage him to take reimbursement for the supplies he had purchased. We would not have able to have completed this building without the help of Brother Ron. Plus, we also learned his personal story—how the Lord used missionary Adoniram Judson to lead his great-grandfather to the Lord in Burma many years ago. Ron was not just a worker who came to help; he has become a good friend of ours.”
“Time after time, the Lord used this slow process to teach us to trust in Him,” shares Pastor Ron. “As a matter of fact, this building was a big risk. What we are hoping is God will use [it] and the people [of] Calvary Baptist Church to reach out to South Fork and the surrounding area. It’s a poor community, and people are moving away because of our bad economy, but I believe God is calling us to minister to those who still live here. Everything practically says, ‘Don’t do this,’ but God has provided miraculously for us…we have the space now to reach this community for Him. Pound is the last little town in Virginia as you head to Kentucky, and He wants to use us to make Himself known to our little part of Virginia. I am so glad the church is grabbing that vision as we move forward for Him.”