Bell County has received a helping hand this week from some out-of-towners. Representatives from the Timothy Project has been in town all week helping out local residents and organizations.
The Timothy Project is a faith based service agency based in Asheville, N.C. Through partnerships with churches and community service providers, the group helps identify, support and develop mission projects in the Southeast.
The group participated in nine projects in the area. They performed small construction jobs and also helped repaint houses. One house they helped repaint was on 10th Street. The Timothy Project also helped rebuild a bathroom for a deaf couple.
While in town, project members have also worked with several local organizations including: the Salvation Army, Middlesboro Nursing Home and Rehabilitation and the homeless shelter operated by Lighthouse Missions in Pineville.
According to the group, the local community has been very welcoming. Three churches have cooked meals for the group: St. Mary Episcopal, Covenant Methodist Church and First Baptist Church of Middlesboro.
Through a relationship with Norman Cornelius atBell-Whitle, the group became aware of the need in the Bell County area. This summer, the Timothy Project is working throughout Kentucky as well as in North and South Carolina.
The Timothy Project was founded by Cliff Christian. He founded the group in 2007 with the purpose of exploring faith in action through mission.