AUBREY — The New Hope Baptist Church just south of Aubrey was surrounded this past week by an army of recreational vehicles driven by volunteers seeking to help the church construct its new Family Life Center.
The volunteers were a part of a mission group called Campers on Mission, which assists congregations with their construction needs for free, said Lisa Temple of New Hope Baptist Church.
The church is located at 5800 U.S. Highway 377 and volunteers were from Texas and several other states, including Oklahoma, Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri and Louisiana.
Campers on Mission is a national fellowship of Christian campers working in cooperation with the Adult Volunteer Mobilization Unit of the North American Mission Board and with the Southern Baptist Convention.
Campers on Mission representative Rickey Youngblood said that people volunteer to donate their time and skills where they are needed the most. He said that many of the volunteers have specialties in construction and other related fields.
The fellowship includes Christians of all denominations who want to share their faith and the love of Jesus Christ while camping or participating in mission activities, officials said.
“The campers basically use their vacations as mission trips to come out and help other churches,” Temple said. “It’s an amazing sight to see the support surrounding the church.”
About 100 people helped with the construction of the center. Most of the campers were husband-and-wife teams that volunteer regularly.
“It’s a great feeling and blessing to be able to help,” volunteer John Whither said.
Church members said the project was an incredible show of work ethic, morals and values for everyone in the community.
The campers departed on Saturday, but the center isn’t completed just yet.
Officials said they hope to be in the new building soon. A few years ago, New Hope purchased an additional four acres of adjacent property, which is now being used for the Life Center.
The new Family Life Center will enhance the ministries of New Hope, not only for the church family but also for the surrounding communities, church members said.
Church members said they hope the center will enhance their ministry, create an educational space for more than 400 people and increase fellowship.
Architect Gary Land said the center is about 20,000 square feet. It includes a kitchen, a fellowship hall and a gymnasium with a basketball court.
“This is a great addition to our church,” Temple said. “And it isn’t just for us — it’s for the community and everyone around.”
For more information about the Life Center, visit the church’s website, www.newhopeaubrey.com.
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882and via Twitter at @JDHarden.