Manley and his family moved to Lebanon 13 years ago, locating his evangelical ministry here. He said the church began meeting in a small strip mall but quickly outgrew the space.
We wondered what on earth are we going to do, Manley said.
In 2009, the church found the property on Trinity Drive with a sign outside that said for lease and a phone number. When Manley called, Bone picked up and offered to lease the building to the growing congregation.
At the time, the building was in poor shape, but church members remained positive and used their skills to improve the building.
Manley said the church has become a place of refuge for homeless men and women since they began, and one of the homeless church members had a construction background. While the man wished not to be named, Manley noted Tuesday morning the structural improvements to the building were a direct result of that members skills and knowledge.
The Lord has just opened phenomenal doors for us, Manley said.
Manley was very grateful to Wilson County Motors and the Bone family for allowing the church to not only lease the property, but to be gracious enough to turn the land and building over to the church without selling.
The church has repainted the sanctuary, added new glass doors, redone the buildings floors, created a new church office, fellowship hall, classrooms, dorms for homeless members and expanded the kitchen.
We believe this is just the beginning for us, Manley said.
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