God intended for us to be lenders not borrowers. It is now time for Christ Temple to lend to those in need.
The rain, the cold, and the mud were not going to stop Christ Temple’s joy. The day that many members had been waiting for had finally arrived. The day they were going to break ground for their own church. Members and guests were all present to bear witness to this momentous occasion.
The guest that were in attendance were Frank Taylor the builder, Greg Bennett the architect, Mayor of Ruston Dan Hollingsworth, and Alvin Bradley a representative sent by Mayor Andrus.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held on the building site, 7349 Highway 80, Sunday March 19.
"I think it’s a glorious occasion, just putting up a new church just thinking about the people that will be coming and the souls that can me saved from this. It’s a positive thing." said Anthony Garrison
Excitement was all through the air as the church, which is approaching their 3rd anniversary gathered. "We are excited about this and have been waiting for this for a long time, we hope anybody who doesn’t have a place to worship takes a look at us. We want to make a difference in the community." said Deacon Finley
"I think everybody is excited. Excited to have a permanent place to worship in." said Deacon Douglas.
"I would say that this is a great event this is an event that we have all been waiting for and we had a lot of challenges and struggles that we had to deal with but our main focus was to make the church solid on the inside and afterwards then we can accomplish anything we set out to do" said Pastor Dwayne Thompson.
"We have had some struggles but all glory goes to God, if you dont fight for something I dont believe its worth having," said Gertrude Robuck.
Renting and leasing will be a past to Christ Temple once the church is built. The builder said it would be about six months to finish the church, according to the weather.
Christ Temple Baptist Church is currently holding services at The Miller Funeral Home in Ruston. Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m. and Worship is at 10:45 a.m. Bible study is held Wednesdays at 6 p.m.