Fullview Missionary Baptist Church can now say goodbye to its $2.5 million mortgage, and it will be doing just that with the help of a few flames.
A mortgage-burning ceremony following the church’s 9 a.m. service is set for Sunday (July 6th) at the church at 7100 Memphis-Arlington Road in Bartlett.
The fact that the mortgage has been paid off within 10 years has Pastor Walter Peggs Sr. supremely grateful.
“How does it feel? I can’t put it in words. It’s a really great feeling to know that God enabled us to meet our objective. Our objective was to pay it off as soon as possible,” Peggs said. “(Paying off the mortgage) within 10 years helped us realize with the size of the membership, it was nobody but God that did that.”
Peggs said that the 750-member church was able to pay of the mortgage by redoing the budget, closely auditing the income, maintaining control of spending, and by not having salary increases for the staff for the first five years.
Although the church’s mortgage has been paid off, Fullview’s faithful still have a lot of work to day, according to Peggs.
“We’ve already told the church just because the mortgage is paid for does not mean that we can relax. It just opens up more doors of opportunities for us to give service to the Kingdom,” Peggs said.
Fullview held an anti-bullying rally on June 13, with Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich, Shelby County Sheriff Bill Odham and Bartlett Police Department representatives talking to kids about how to deal with and prevent bullying. The church’s Preach Sister Preach Women’s Conference will be held July 11-12. Youth make up a third of the church’s membership and a July focus on youth will feature a back-to-school bash, picnics and conferences.
The church is also looking to expand its Foreign Missionaries of Fullview program into Africa. Established in 2009, the missionary program allows missionaries to spend a week in the remote mountains of Barahona, Dominican Republic, where they evangelize door-to-door and hold bible study for adults and vacation bible school for children. The program also provides personal hygiene supplies for women.
This year’s 32-member team included several teenagers, several nurses, a dentist and a doctor. Peggs said foreign mission programs are important to the task of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world.
“We’re pretty much established in our local ministry but we wanted to go into international ministry because in the eternal realm of things, we’re all brothers and sisters in Christ,” said Peggs.
“And people in certain areas in what are called underdeveloped countries do not have access to the things we have. So we wanted to share with them in some way that we could.”