Lufkin church offers free home repairs to those in need

Lufkin church offers free home repairs to those in need

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Deep East Texas Church is offering free home repairs to those in need.

"I feel happy," Ruby Samuel, a Lufkin homeowner said.

Samuel is just one of three East Texans who said their prayers have been answered.

"There's a smile on her face, a twinkle in her eye," Pastor Don Schultheis, with Lufkin First Church of the Nazarene said. "I think she's thrilled to see total strangers under the umbrella of God's kingdom to make a difference in her life."

"Yeah it was something I wanted to get done before my husband died," Samuel said.

After losing her husband, Samuel didn't think her bathroom would be touched, but thanks to some members in the community it's getting a much needed upgrade.

"She doesn't necessarily have the resources or the man power to help with her bathroom or her yard," Schultheis said. "We've got teenagers, middle aged and senior adult people here to help."

"We're completely repainting and redoing fixtures and finishing her bathtub," John Rawls, a minister at Lufkin First Church of the Nazarene said. "We're also putting up new medicine cabinets. We want to make it easier for her to get in and out and make it nicer for her."

Volunteers who are helping Samuel are a part of Tool Time Ministry. It's a new project that's geared towards rebuilding the community.

"We are going to try and do our part in our little corner of Lufkin to get rid of the race deal, and make sure it was just one race, the human race," Schultheis said. "We want to celebrate all of us being loved by God equally no matter what color our skin is."

Lufkin First Church of the Nazarene has the ability to pull off the free project with help from church members.

"The whole church pulls their resources, and then we also use church funds to go buy the paint and the supplies," Schultheis said.

Volunteers with the project said seeing the reaction from people is priceless.

"At the end of the day not only are we really blessing the people that are receiving our efforts, but we end up getting the largest blessing from it, because it's amazing how you feel," Schultheis said.

"As I get older, I get more emotional," Rawls said. "It's kind of hard being a tough man sometimes when you're out here helping some of these people and you're being hugged and there are tears. Sometimes you end up doing the same thing."

Organizers say they're always looking for tools to help with future projects. If you'd like to contribute, donations can be dropped off at Lufkin First Church of the Nazarene.

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