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Making A Difference: Neighboring Church Members

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Not only has the material been supplied, but people doing the work are all volunteer, including the contractor overseeing the project.  Source: WLBT Not only has the material been supplied, but people doing the work are all volunteer, including the contractor overseeing the project. Source: WLBT
He came back to Smithdale and moved into his mother's old house. But according to wife, Beth, the place just wasn't designed for a family as large as theirs.  Source: WLBT He came back to Smithdale and moved into his mother's old house. But according to wife, Beth, the place just wasn't designed for a family as large as theirs. Source: WLBT
Travis and Beth Scruggs and their seven children watch as an addition is being added to his mother's old home in the Smithdale Community in Amite County.  Source: WLBT Travis and Beth Scruggs and their seven children watch as an addition is being added to his mother's old home in the Smithdale Community in Amite County. Source: WLBT
AMITE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Travis and Beth Scruggs and their seven children watch as an addition is being added to his mother's old home in the Smithdale Community in Amite County.

Travis is also Reverend Scruggs, but is no longer able to pastor a church, nor do much of anything else.

"Well, all this started after Hurricane Katrina," said Travis. "We were serving First Baptist, New Orleans. We were their Disaster Pastor, and gutted and rebuilt homes and led volunteers and all and I caught a rare form of E. coli."  

The progression of the disease led to an autoimmune disorder and has pretty much incapacitated Travis. He came back to Smithdale and moved into his mother's old house. But according to wife, Beth, the place just wasn't designed for a family as large as theirs.

"Our bed is in the living room. Our boys are in the dinning room," said Beth. "We have our daughter in one bedroom and our daughters in another bedroom so there is no room to really gather around the family table and that means a lot to me. That was the biggest blessing when we sat down at the table."  

Well, a fellow pastor in the area, Richard Cothern from Mount Olive Baptist right down the road, became aware of the Scruggs dilemma and proposed a plan to all of the Southern Baptist Churches in Amite and Wilkinson Counties in the Mississippi Baptist Association to do something to help out.

And this is the beginning of the something they came up with, an addition to the old home place of a couple of bedrooms and a bathroom and a study, all wheelchair accessible if that becomes necessary.

"Most of the money that was raised to do this project came from our local churches," said Pastor Cothern. "Almost all of it came from our local churches."  

Not only has the material been supplied, but people doing the work are all volunteer, including the contractor overseeing the project.

"I think there is a joy that comes from serving the Lord and being obedient to the Lord," added Pastor Cothern.  

"I just can't believe how much of a difference they are going to make in our lives," said Travis.  

You don't get the chance to do that every day, change someone's life, or a family's life. But it is happening for THIS family because of their friends and fellow church members around Smithdale in southwest Mississippi.

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