CHOUDRANT, La. (KNOE) - A Choudrant church celebrated a milestone for its annual Family and Friends Day. Mount Sinai Baptist Church held a commemorative note burning after its debt was paid off thanks in part to families in the community.
Pastor Buggs hold the now-burned note. (Source: KNOE)
Dan O’Neal says it’s great to be able to help a great church fulfill its mission. "My family's been neighbors to this church for four generations," O’Neal says. The family’s history with the church began when the church started in 1883. "My grandfather started by giving the land to this church. His thought was a strong church makes strong people and strong families. We've tried to carry that on."
Now 136 years later, the O’Neal’s still worship with the congregation from time to time, celebrating new milestones together. One of those milestones accomplished today - the church paying off its 14-year debt.
The day comes thanks in part to generous contributions from people in the community like Rene Giles. Giles paid off the rest of the church's debt after it went through multiple renovations and back-to-back floods.
"It was just a blessing from God. We've been blessed,” Giles says. “This church family's been blessed. We're going to give Him the glory."
Giles says it was an easy decision to make, because that's what the folks in Choudrant do - help each other. "I love the people. This area, the Choudrant area, we've always been close. We always help one another. I'm proud of us."
The church's pastor Wayne Buggs is equally proud. He says the community support goes a long way. "It is an awesome feeling to be able to come across racial barriers with all that's going on in the country and in the world that we can come together as Christians,” Buggs says. “It's not about the color. It's about doing the good work for the Lord."
Now with their books in the black, Buggs says it will be a lot easier to focus on the church's mission. "At the end of the day, it's about winning souls for Christ. That's our motto."
Pastor Buggs says the church's next project will be to pave its parking lot as they continue the church's mission.