James Hardie Building Products is working with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and other partners to restore the First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs following the mass shooting in November 2017.
James Hardie is donating siding and trim to the Sutherland Springs rebuild, which includes a new worship center and education building. Rebuild efforts led by the NAMB, which is part of the Southern Baptist Convention and is based in the Atlanta area, began in May 2018 and will continue through spring 2019.
“We can’t imagine what this community has been through and are honored to be able to help in whatever way we can to rebuild the First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs,” says Brian Ward, area sales manager at James Hardie Building Products. “We want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved, whether it’s contributing a monetary donation or providing materials. No amount of help or support goes unnoticed.”
The newly built worship center will include seating for 250 people, and there are plans for a memorial to honor the 26 people who tragically lost their lives almost a year ago.
“Generous donations from partners like James Hardie are integral to completing the restoration of the First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs,” says Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board. “We’re grateful that so many are stepping up to support this community during its time of need.”