Greensboro, NC -- How many Baptists does it take to set a record for the most wheelchair ramps built in one day?
It sounds like a joke. But hundreds of Baptist men and women set out to do just that Saturday. And some volunteers from Greensboro not only made Robert Christian a new ramp, but they also made his day.
"Oh man, I'm glad they put it up," Christian said after volunteers from Lawndale Baptist Church finished their work at his house. "I've [needed] this for about a couple of years. I sure appreciate what they [did] for me."
The men who built his ramp also cleaned Christian's roof and gutters. The work was part of a joint effort between the North Carolina Baptist Men and the North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry.
The guys at Christian's house went the extra mile and even cleaned his roof and gutters. After they built the ramp, the volunteers prayed with Christian and gave him a Bible.
He expressed gratitude for the ramp and the prayers; and the men who offered him both those things say they hope the effort says a lot about their faith and their role in the community.
"The Baptist men want to be involved in their communities," volunteer Bill Bryan said. "We want to be men that are known as being able to be called upon when needed. When you have an issue, a problem, men are there to handle it. Because [there are] too many families and communities today that don't have men that can stand up and lead them."
Here in the Piedmont, the volunteer efforts extended beyond Greensboro. Crews built ramps in Forsyth, Davidson, Rockingham and Randolph counties, too.
The goal was 300 ramps and the mission was accomplished. By late saturday, volunteers said in a news release they had constructed a record 300 wheelchair ramps.
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