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Tue, 27 Sep 2005, 02:53 PM

Adopt-a-Church


Repairing Buildings . Restoring Lives



SAN DIEGO -- John 8:31 Ministries is a non-profit organization founded by RFC President Emeritus Ken Owen and is located in San Diego, CA. Working as an outreach mission of John 8:31 Ministries, Adopt-a-Church is developing a network of resources and personnel in order to repair damaged churches and buildings in the hurricane-ravaged areas of Mississippi and Louisiana.

The Adopt-a-Church relief project was birthed in the heart of NHRA Division 7 Sportsman racer, Chip Rumis, a successful businessman whose family are members of the John 8:31 Ministry in San Diego. Rumis visited many of the damaged areas within days of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.

Based on his desire to encourage the racing community to become involved, Rumis and former RFC president Ken Owen have established a campaign (The Race to Rebuild relief project) designed to mobilize racers throughout the United States to become involved, either as donors or actual volunteers. A strategic alliance has also been established with Racers For Christ to engage their assistance. Numerous companies and organizations (in and out of racing) are partnering together to accomplish this challenging task.

Needless to say, the entire gulf area has been devastated. So too, however, are the very places where local communities turn in times of tragedy to seek answers, reassurance, safety and hope. Churches and worship centers of all Faiths have provided vital ministries and services to victims countless times throughout our nation's history. That's why it is imperative to rebuild and restore these essential beacons of spiritual encouragement as quickly as possible. The desire of the Adopt-a-Church project is to . help churches help their communities.

Rumis and his wife, Jeanne, are fully committed to using whatever talents, gifts and resources they have in order to assist in this essential endeavor. They will be spending the next few months in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and the surrounding area . as they plan, organize, recruit volunteers, solicit contributions for materials, and at times, physically work on the jobsites themselves, working together with local communities to restore and revitalize churches so they can get back "on-line" to help victims of this catastrophic hurricane.

Relationships have been established with Chaplains with the Jones County and Forrest County Sheriffs Departments, located in the Hattiesburg area. Presently, they are surveying damaged churches and assisting in assembling work crews. Rumis will bring a portable workshop and various hand-tools when he and Jeanne arrive in Hattiesburg this month.

The goal of Adopt-a-Church is to help rebuild damaged churches and worship centers of all Faiths, enabling them to restore the lives of the people of Jones and Forrest Counties in Mississippi and areas beyond. Congregations across the US are adopting damaged churches as a way of reaching out in an expression of true servanthood.

Tax-deductible donations are now being received and volunteers are being enlisted. For further information, please contact us at Adopt-a-Church.

http://www.adopt-a-church.com

(866) WE-ADOPT





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