Fixing Up Shabach
Shabach Tabernacle on Lake street in Elmira has been under renovations for more than 6 years. This week it’s leaders reached a goal that’s going to help a lot of people in the community.
August 16, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - Shabach Tabernacle on Lake street in Elmira has been under renovations for more than 6 years. This week it's leaders reached a goal that's going to help a lot of people in the community. A brand spanking new soup kitchen. In the past, the church has been feeding the hungry only on holidays, but now it can reach out to people all year long.
“Everything is brand new. All the walls, all the sheet rock, all the wiring, everything is brand new in this entire building; everything,” says Natasha Smith the First Lady of the congregation.
Since 2008 Shabach Tabernacle on Lake Street in Elmira has been completely transformed. The man behind the transformation is a well known figure in the community Pastor Bobby Smith. He and his family have made it their goal to fix the church. On Wednesday the church got its certification from the Department of Environment to become a fully operational soup kitchen.
“The need from the community and other counties has really driven us because if there hasn't been a need we wouldn't press so hard,” says Bobby.”
The building is over a century old and with the renovations like a ramp and the new soup kitchen it's starting to look like new inside and out. Since Sunday it's even started to sound like new.”
For the first time in more than 70 years, Bells are ringing from the tower. A Caroline chime box was donated to the church, bringing music to the congregation and the community. Pastor Smith says it was an amazing feeling to hear the music coming from the church.
“We were all outside on the street Sunday morning at 11 o’clock. People were crying and it was a joyful time and we were all looking up amazed saying wow look how far we've come and we got a sound coming from the bell tower.”
“To be able to preach gods word and to also feed people when they're hungry it just completes what we're here to do and what our ministry is all about,” says Natasha.
Pastor Smith says the soup kitchen will be ready for business starting in October.