SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. -- Pastor Charles Smelley was attending licensing school when he met the former pastor of five missionaries. Smelley told him how his own church building, Randolph United Methodist, needed structural repairs. The congregation had no money to fix the church.
The word was spread and a mission team of volunteers who wanted to remain anonymous was formed, says Smelley.
Performing floor repairs, strengthening the foundation and completing some gutter work, the volunteers worked for three days during the week of Oct. 14 in South Pittsburg.
Smelley said he wanted his congregation and community to realize that this act of kindness modeled the love-thy-neighbor commandment. "Somebody that didn't know us helped us, and we need to have that same attitude and be willing to help others," Smelley told the South Pittsburg Hustler.
The volunteers "don't want any credit," he said. "They are just Christian men from east Tennessee."