JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – A 135-year-old church in Jonesboro celebrated its debt freedom on Sunday by building their new building by burning copies of their mortgage letters.
The First Christian Church moved into its new building in 2012 and paid off its mortgage in just under a decade.
Pastor Don Martin says financial freedom is a burden on him and the church as they can now focus on the future of their ministry.
“What we’re doing right now, we have a vision committee that looks around and says, ‘Okay, what ministries we have to do as a church here in Jonesboro that we can do wonderfully,'” said Martin. “So we just took a step back to look at this. But we have absolutely many plans for our future. “
Martin gave the community all the credit for paying off the building.
He said he was incredibly generous and made sacrifices because they loved the Church.
“Like the men here, the people you’ve seen here, so many victims,” said Martin. “There have been some real sacrifices from some of our church members because they love this church, they love each other, and so it’s been a lot of sacrifice.”
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