Valdosta Daily Times

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July 16, 2014

A downtown church’s faith

VALDOSTA — First Baptist Church made a leap of faith this past weekend.

The long-time Downtown Valdosta church broke ground for a new multi-million-dollar Family Life Center along Central Avenue.

First Baptist plans for the new center to grow youth ministries and give youth members more space to worship. The two-story building will have a 570-seat fellowship hall that can also hold 320 people for dinner or banquets. There will be a large kitchen downstairs. Upstairs, there will be a half-sized gym area that can also be used for youth worship, several classrooms, and a kitchen area.

The new addition will allow for more adequate parking spaces. In total, once the center is built, the lot will include 87 parking spaces and also bus parking.

The Valdosta Daily Times published a story on First Baptist’s groundbreaking in the Sunday editions. It was good to see the word “millions” in reference to a downtown development.

It’s good to see a congregation of many long-time and new Valdostans make such a substantial commitment to the region and its youth. The Family Center stands as a testament to what Valdosta has been and what it can be — a prosperous place to live, to work, to worship, to raise a family.

Prosperity takes sacrifice, a willingness to try, a great measure of hard work, and foresight. And it takes hope in the face of naysayers. It requires an ambition of faith.

First Baptist cleaves to the essence of the biblical adage: Have faith and faith shall find ye.

It is a Sunday school lesson from which we can all learn, and better still, from which we can all find the fortitude to persevere.

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