Rocking chairs on a wraparound porch, white picket fence, comfy beds, and delicious home cooked meals are just a few of the amenities a weary ministry leader can find at Cornerstone Lodge in Scurry, southwest of Kaufman.
Over the past 16 years, the three-story, eight-bedroom home nestled in the beautiful countryside has welcomed countless ministry leaders and those in need of respite.
But when the house started to look faded, resident directors Bob and LaDonna Baird began to pray for what to do.
“It really needed painting,” said Bob Baird, who ran the facility for six years. “The idea came over me. I’ve been praying for three or four years for how to do all the work.
TBM answers prayer
The Bairds’ prayers were answered when a team of nearly 30 Texas Baptist men volunteers arrived at the lodge in mid-July, ready for work.
“This ministry has helped countless pastors and ministers spend quiet time with God,” said Sabrina Pinales, ministry promotion coordinator for TBM. “Here God refreshes them.
“By investing time and energy in these facilities, we also hope to breathe new life into the ministry, strengthening it so that it can serve many more leaders.”
Over the course of three days, volunteers prepared, pressure washed, sanded and painted different areas of the facility. A volunteer at Azle Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth who is a painter by trade even brought his own professional painting equipment, making sure the job was done quickly and smoothly.
Return to give back
Twelve students from Trinity Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant were also among the volunteers. Student Minister Carlos Martinez felt prompted to bring his students after he himself took advantage of the lodge as a guest earlier this summer.
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“It’s a great place to sit, rest, and disconnect from it all, allowing you to meditate and talk to God,” Martinez said. “It meant a lot to me personally to be able to go back and help Cornerstone. You always like to reciprocate when someone does something nice for you.
Volunteers also placed stones in the garden, cleaned and painted the rocking chairs that adorn the porch of the quaint house.
“First impressions are good for a lodge like this,” Baird explained. “People like to come here to sit outside, rest and enjoy this place of peace and healing. It’s just a better atmosphere when things are looking good. … The volunteers were a big, big answer to prayer.