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September 10, 2013

Believers Outreach Ministry gets new place

Citizens National donates foreclosed building

Corsicana — Believers Outreach Ministry, which grew out of Single Believers Ministry, will have a new home thanks to a donation by Citizens National Bank.

The bank gave the group the building at 219 N. Fifth Street, the former Little Angels Daycare center.

“I cried for I don’t know how long,” said Believers Outreach Pastor Kathy Horn-Douglas, describing her reaction to the news of the donation. Associate Pastor Margaret Evans was equally excited, Douglas said.

“Margaret did her Pentecostal dance,” she said. “We’re thanking God we have a building.”

A reception to celebrate the deal will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Citizens National Bank, 400 W. Collin Street. At that ceremony, the deed will be signed over to Believers Outreach, followed a reception.

Once its refurbished, the Believers intend to use the building for worship services and community outreach, she said.

“It will be like part-church, and part event center,” she said. They want to make it available for rent for birthday parties or church events, Douglas said.

The ministry had put in an offer on the building, but the bank decided to just donate it to the group, explained Branch Manager Christina Janecka, at the Corsicana branch of Citizens National.

 “The bank’s reasoning for this donation was to take an opportunity to give back to the community with hopes that this ministry will be able to assist those in need in many ways,” she said.

The bank has 24 branches in East and Central Texas.

“Speaking for our bank’s Board of Directors, as well as our Corsicana employees, we want to thank Christina Janecka for identifying this opportunity to assist in the revitalization of a neighborhood property,” said Brad Tidwell, president and CEO of Citizens National.

There are about 10 people actively involved in Single Believers Ministry, but Douglas said she thinks it will grow now that the group has a home.

“I believe once we open the doors in that neighborhood there will be more,” she said. “We’re reaching out to those who think they’re not worthy to go to a regular church. Those who sit under the trees and play dominos or who are drug addicted.”

Under the auspices of Single Believers, Douglas and Evans have helped with cemetery improvement projects, small home improvement projects for people in the community, and they also serve lunch on the street once a month on First Avenue, Douglas said.

“And now we have a building to worship and to focus on the neighborhood,” she said.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “sound off” to this article? E-mail: Soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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