COOPERTOWN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A church congregation stepped up to help a Coopertown family who lost their home in a devastating fire earlier this year.
Jimmy Gann and his sister Carolyn said after the March fire they were unsure where they were going to live or how they were going to rebuild their home.
That’s when strangers, neighbors and Grace Baptist Church all worked together to build a new home for the family.
Pastor Steve Freeman told News 2 he did not know the family prior to the home rebuild.
“I didn’t know Ms. Carolyn, but the Lord had impressed upon my heart to lead the congregation to help,” he explained.
In just 56 hours, the church congregation and the community built a new home on the same property that their old house once stood.
“This house has been completely donated,” Freeman said. “It has not cost anybody a dime.”
The family moved into their new home just days ago and said they are filled with so much gratitude for all the help they have received from the church and the community.
“I told them I could never thank them enough for what they’ve done. It has just been a miracle to us. Just a God sent,” Jimmy, who suffers from health problems, said. “All of the friends and neighbors, all their time, their money [and] the work, they did it. It all came down from the heart.”
The church congregation called the project Operation James 2:22.