JACKSON, Tenn. – March 13, 2008 – First Baptist Church of Camden, Tenn., has contributed $61,000 to Union University’s disaster relief efforts.
Pastor Chester Harrison presented the check to Union University President David S. Dockery March 12.
“This is an absolutely amazing story,” Dockery said. “I was moved to tears as they presented the check to us. I don’t know that we have seen anyone respond with such a sacrifice in response to our needs.”
The $61,000 represents 11 percent of the congregation’s annual budget.
The church was given a gift of $100,000, and following Harrison’s leadership decided to give half the money to missions and half to education. Church members voted to give the education portion of $50,000 to Union for its disaster relief fund. Harrison told Dockery the church “wanted to invest it for eternity, so that generation after generation of students could be blessed by the gift.”
Church members then gave an additional $11,000 to bring the total gift to $61,000.
“Chester Harrison is a wonderful leader and this story of sacrificial giving on the part of the church is a reminder that God is at work in this entire process,” Dockery said.