It's taking a spiritual village to come together to breathe life into the Pilgrim Rest AME Zion Church in Theodore.

"God put us together. We do this, basically at the lower level, because we love Jesus," Jack Deblanc from Men on a Mission said.

Deblanc is just one of several men from five states that are in the area to help build on and expand a vision that Reverend Toressa Frazier says started more than 20 years ago.

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"The work began in 1997 by Reverend Coleman McCoy's dream that the Lord gave him the idea to build a church in the area. He worked on it until the Lord called him home. Once the Lord called him home, in our denomination we work by assignment, three years after he had done they assigned me to the work," Rev. Frazier said.

Rev. Frazier says even after sitting for so many year unfinished, the dream was never forgotten. She's been working to fulfill and bring that same dream to a close, so she can do what she says the Lord has called her to do - be a safe haven for those in her community.

"It's an excitement for us because we will be able to concentrate on completing this work and then giving more on the ministry," Rev. Frazier said.

"We always get excited about going to a new church building that we had a part of building. Again, with the relationships that we've built with the people in the church, but also because we're excited to see what God is doing," Deblanc said.

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