Community Bible Church’s Both Hands Project

More than 100 members of Community Bible Church in South Nashville went on a short mission trip, about 15 miles away, Saturday to participate in a home makeover in Franklin.

The work overwhelmed homeowner Mary Rucker, a remarkably youthful 77, who watched volunteers overtake her yard to paint, landscape, trim trees, shampoo rugs, redo the kitchen cabinets and sink, as well as other structure upgrades.

"All the things they are doing for me, I thought would never happen and could never do myself," Rucker said fighting tears "And I know God is a kind God. It lets me know people do care."

Community Bible Church became connected to Rucker through Both Hands Foundation, a Brentwood based non-profit that helps families raise money for adoptions by coordinating service projects to fix up widows' homes.

"It's like going on a mission trip, but you don't travel and there are so many needs around us," Community Bible Church pastor Byron Yawn said. "We're making a presence for Christ in the community and allowing our people to live sacrificially. Here we have the opportunity to do something for someone who could never do it themselves."

Rucker also received a number of new appliances like a microwave, stove, refrigerator and food to restock the pantry through the church's benevolence fund. Rucker, her neighbors, church members and volunteers, ranging from youth to older adults, capped off the day with a cookout luncheon.

"It's good to go out of the country to help missionaries, but it's nice to do something local and Mary is such a nice person and needs the help," Sharon Litts said.

"She's really glad we're here," 13-year-old volunteer Evan Atkinson said. "It's a great opportunity on a Saturday afternoon to help someone who can't help themselves."

Article written by: Andy Humbles

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