Student Ministry gives back to community
by Kelly Paul
Barlow - With a brand-new coat of paint thanks to some dedicated students, one busy corner in Barlow is getting a fresh new look.
Members of the Barlow 1st Baptist Church Student Ministry braved the heat Monday to paint the former service station (and former Corner Cafe) that stands on the corner of 4th and Broadway as part of this year’s mission project.
Under the guidance of Youth Pastor Scott Fickes, the students grabbed paintbrushes and worked to revive the exterior of the old building that has set empty on the corner for years.
The plan is to finish sprucing the façade up and then affixing service station signs on the exterior as a reminder of the structure’s past. The city provided some of the paint, and some of it was donated.
City Commissioner Peggy Meriedeth said she had been talking with the Barlow Beautification Committee regarding the committee’s intention to fix up the corner when Fickes overheard and said he thought fixing up the old building would be a good project for the Youth Ministry.
The group usually does projects throughout the state and out of the state, but this time, they wanted to so something for the community. Fickes said the project has turned into the youth’s summer service opportunity in which he said, “They are going to make a difference.”
At least 14 students came out to help even though it was already hot and humid when they stated in the morning. Meriedeth said there were a few more students when she came to bring them lunch.
The students served to set an example for others in the community to see that it simply takes everyone showing an interest and putting forth an effort to make a difference. It’s easy to complain about how things look as opposed to how things used to be, but taking action makes things happen. The students showed that taking pride and ownership in where one lives really brings a community together.