LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A church built on outreach is expanding once again. Harmony Hill Baptist Church celebrates the opening of their new life outreach center. A dream, costing nearly a million dollars, started over a year ago and is now complete.
"We just seek to do what Jesus has called us to do, to minister to the sick, to the hurting, to the hungry, to the homeless, and to anybody else that God would lead us to," said Senior Pastor John Greene.
The best part of the new building is that it's already paid in full, by members who believe in reaching the community.
"There is a church in this area that's not about just being in one location, but that we feel like God has called us to reach out to be the arms of the Lord, Jesus Christ," said Greene.
The new center has storage, a large gathering area, classrooms, a kitchen, and an all new food pantry. The food pantry gives teenagers in the youth ministry the opportunity to serve others.
"It's vital that our students understand, and they live out their faith. And, that it's not just a belief, something that's in your mind or your heart, but it's actually lived out," said Student Pastor Shawn Mahannah.
Over 350 families come out once a month to receive necessities from the pantry. With the new facility, the church hopes to help even more East Texans.
"Us having this building, it helps our students get out of their own circles of influences and actually into the influences of the city," said Mahannah.
After this week's ribbon cutting, the church plans to fully put the new building to use.