“Hello, I am the Pentecostal Church. If you have ever called me your church home then you have probably heard this story before. If you haven’t please continue to read and see what a congregation’s faith and a community can do.
Back in 1967 a small church was started on Adams Street by a wonderful couple, Donald and June Cooper. Within 2 1/2 years the congregation grew to around 60 faithful and the decision was made to purchase land right behind the existing church. With $800 in the savings account and complete faith in God, my construction was started. I remember Gerald Kaldenberg came and donated his time and a bulldozer to level my ground before my foundation was begun. (Blessing #1)
After my foundation was dug, the concrete was then poured which took over half of the savings. Forrest Martin wanted to pay for the concrete. (Blessing #2)
So now with my foundation poured, I was ready for basement walls. The day my pastor was set to purchase the concrete block for my walls, a preacher friend of his came and let him know a windstorm had come through Kirksville and knocked down a cinderblock wall, throwing the blocks all over a field. Needless to say my dedicated congregation went out and picked up all those cinderblocks for my walls. Approximately 2,500 blocks were collected and $1.00 was paid for the lot. (Blessing #3)
Then a trip was made to Kansas City for my subflooring, siding and sheeting. The small price of $150 was paid for all my lumber. (Blessing #4)
I could continue and tell you instance after instance of the blessings this faithful group received, on my behalf, from Ezra Dodge walking into Hopkins Lumber and paying $100 on my bill to part of the ground surrounding me being left to my congregation in a will by Pat Murphy. These stories go on and on. But now to the important part of my story; for almost 50 years I have stood strong and been a place of worship. I could stand here and remember the names of every person that came through my doors and worshipped, every life that was committed to God at my alter, numerous weddings and a few funerals that I have been blessed to witness. Also, children having their lives dedicated to God and miracles taking place right in my four walls! My life has been grand and there was a time I thought that maybe they would close my doors with as few as 15 in a congregation that use to be 60-70. It looked pretty bleak, but again my dedicated congregation never gave up hope, and now I am happy to report that I now have a faithful congregation of 40. But I know that my current Pastor Leon Buford as well as members of our congregation worry about my stability. My roof is sagging and my siding is crumbling. They have been working diligently for the past two years to increase my building fund to put a complete new roof and siding on me. Basically they want to give me a remodel and I have to say I wouldn’t object. But even with a faithful 40 it still seems like the project is moving slow. We have had generous donations again from our community in the way of numerous fundraisers. But I feel like I need to do my part. So I decided to give them some assistance the only way I knew how. My current pastor and his predecessor both have preached numerous sermons from the Book of Matthew, but the one that I remember best comes from Matthew 7:7&8: “Ask and it shall be given you; Seek, and ye shall find; Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. So I’m reaching out and asking for your help. I know just from hearing my congregation talk that every little bit counts. I have heard several of them pray about how they can help so I guess that is what I am going to ask you to do. Please pray about how you can help me and my congregation to give me a “facelift”. Whether that be a monetary donation, passing my story on to others you think might want to help, or saying a simple prayer for us. We will take any help that you would like to give. As I Ask, Seek, and Knock.
Thank You for listening to my story of faith, hope and a determined few.”
God Bless You
The Pentecostal Church