One church in Enterprise, Mississippi has been fighting a major battle for the past three and a half years; they’ve had no church building. “So, for us, this is a testimony to God’s work and a testimony to the community that has surrounded us here in Enterprise,” said the church’s lead pastor, John Wesley Leek.
After losing their church to a fire in January of 2016, Leek said he’s giving all glory to God for the new building they are about to move into. “We’ve probably been, well, there’s been about three times, maybe more, in the past three and a half years where we’ve felt like, ‘Oh, man. This isn’t going to happen.’ But, every time the church has doubled its efforts in prayer and listening, and God has shown that God is still very much at work over and over again,” said Leek.
Construction began in April of last year, and throughout the last three and a half years, over $100,000 in donations have been made by various organizations. “There is a special presence when we dedicate a space for God’s purposes,” said Leek. “When we say this is a place that people will come and worship and glorify God, this is a place we expect God to work.”
He’s been the lead pastor at Enterprise UMC for the past four years, and this experience of not having their own building for nearly his entire time here has changed his perspective in how he preaches and in life. “When it looks like all you have is ash and rubble, what you see around us may be right around the corner. And that’s not just true for building projects, but for individual lives and for communities, and we really believe that will continue.” Their first gathering in the building will be on July 28th at 2 p.m.