CHAMPLAIN — Three years ago, the congregation of the Living Water Baptist Church had a dream.Last November, the dream became reality when they started having services at their newly built church on 9 Locus Drive."It was a long process, but we are very happy with it now," said the Rev. Patrick Huggins, who spearheaded the project.The church will have its official dedication April 15 at 4 p.m."It came together last year," a delighted Huggins explained. "It was the Lord's timing. We had a group of Southern Baptists from Alabama that came up, and a group from Georgia. And we have been working on it as a congregation."He added that there are still a few more odds and ends to do, and the congregation seems to be growing since moving to the new building.The church has five Sunday School classrooms, a nursery, a kitchen, two restrooms, a baptismal pool, a library that doubles as a changing room, and an office for Huggins.The idea for a new church received much support after Huggins paid a visit to a patient at CVPH Medical Center."I went to visit Pastor Norman Bell in the hospital, he was up here from Arizona, and he had a pacemaker put in. He had been a pastor up here 20 years ago. I told him about our project, and he was really interested in it. And he has been working with us from Tucson, Arizona."Because all the manual labor was donated, the church had to collect $160,000 for building material. This too came from generous people."People's hearts were just wide open," said Huggins. "They wanted to see that building go up."We just hope that it is a blessing to the community. Everyone is invited April 15 to see what we are all about."Huggins thinks he is a fortunate pastor."It made me feel blessed. It is just amazing what the Lord can do. It's just a miracle."
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