The Mercy House nears completion

The Lakeshore Baptist Church Mercy House

We broke ground for the Mercy House about 16 months ago. Progress has been somewhat slow for a number of reasons, not the least of which has been our priority to help folks in our community get a roof over their head. Most of our volunteer efforts have been focused in the direction of homes for local residence and that has been by design. We do, however, finally have the end in sight on the Mercy House project.

In the last few weeks teams have set the cabinets downstairs and built shelving for the distribution center ministry. If we can get the rough in plumbing inspected this week, we should be able to move forward with the insulation and sheet rock in the upper level. A generous cabinet builder from Louisiana has the kitchenette ready to install. The tile flooring has already been laid, and other than the soffett under the downstairs porch and a little paint here and there, the outside of the building is done.

Lord willing, the team here this week will erect the metal storage building out back. We still need to lay out the parking lot and spread the limestone. The fence and a few other details will probably have to wait until after the first of the year, but as we inch closer to the goal, my excitement builds. I’m looking forward to moving in and seeing the ministry here continue to grow to the glory of God on the gulf coast.

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