NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – First Baptist Church of West Nashville was ransacked and vandalized last month.
Volunteers from an Illinois mission group spent part of this week helping clean and repair the buildings that were damaged.
They joined members of the East Nashville-based The Local Church, who have been working tirelessly to help out their friends at First Baptist.
“My relationship with Pastor Jordan, we’ve been friends for a while,” said Local Church Pastor Joshua Stump. “So when they had the vandalism, we were just totally heartbroken and wanted to do something that made a difference.”
First Baptist Pastor Jordan Ivey says he’s determined to keep the church open for every Sunday service, even during the repairs.
Pastor Ivey says he has forgiven the vandals.
Instead of being angry, the experience has made him realize maybe he could do more.
“If the Church has kind of lost significance to them, maybe it’s because we haven’t reached them,” said Ivey.
More volunteers are needed to help clean up.
If anyone would like to volunteer to help, a group is meeting Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. at the church, located at 625 39th Avenue North.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the church. https://www.gofundme.com/partnering-with-the-first-church