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Raising roofs for Christ: New Jacksonville College dorms coming soon

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 9:45pm

Jacksonville college is enhancing its community by constructing a new dorm on campus. The building can house up to 20 students, and will be complete in the fall. 

KETK spoke with the President of Jacksonville College, Mike Smith, who said, "Our dorms are just really old and the houses are old, so we needed a new dorm and new student housing for the students". The college spent $300,000 for materials, and saved more than 50 percent of the total cost by using a volunteer labor group, "The Master's Builders". Smith believes this is a sign the college is expanding, and has the support of its community and alumni. 

Carol Sikes, a member of the Master's Builders organization, said, "We build for the Baptist Missionary Association of America, and we travel around all over the United States building different church-related ministries". The Master's Builders gather six times a year to raise roofs for Christ. Eddie Sikes, the Field Coordinator, said, "We work together for the Lord. That's what it's all about, serving him". The organization has 13 volunteers, each over the age of 63. Sikes explained, "It's a good time, a fellowship, with Christian friends, and it's just a family reunion every time we get together". 

This project at Jacksonville College is their 128th construction. Sikes said,  "We try to make sure the slab is poured, we come and frame the building, set the tresses, run the electrical, and hang the sheet rock". Fortunately, students can expect to move in just in time for the new fall semester.  

If you are interested in volunteering, you can contact Eddie Sikes at (479) 462-1675. 

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