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Church builds new sanctuary
In the pulpit
Deacon Jimmy and Apostle Glenda Bradley - photo by Photo provided.
Saturday, Aug. 1, was a time of excitement and fellowship for the House of Refuge Church Family.  The congregation was finally moving into a new sanctuary on Welborn Street in Hinesville.
A lot of prayer and hard work had gone into this effort, but the big day had arrived.
“It has been a blessing.  It was never a struggle. God gave me wonderful people to work with,” said Apostle Glenda Bradley, pastor and founder of House of Refuge.
“I want to say a special thanks to everyone who came out and supported the dedication on last Saturday.  It was a great success and people were blessed.  It could not have been a success without the people’s support,” she said.
House of Refuge has been established for 14 years.
“We had our first Sunday service on Jan. 1, 1995.   I lost my son in September 1992, and God began to deal with me even more through dreams and visions about what I was supposed to do.    Prior to our first Sunday service, we were having Bible study and prayer meeting in my house,” Bradley said.   
“We want to see the church, as a whole, excel to her highest level in God.  We want to win souls for Christ to achieve what God wants us do.   My desire is to meet the needs of the people, both spiritually and naturally.”   
House of Refuge is in a strategic area of Hinesville to help meet the needs of hurting people.   The church has marriage enrichment classes and a youth ministry, with youth activities and fun days with the children.  
“We have one-on-one counseling with children and families.  We are concerned about the upkeep of families and try to meet the needs of the whole family.  If we cannot provide assistance in a particular area, then we point them to the proper resources to meet their needs.  We are reaching out to the community,” Bradley said.
Members of House of Refuge are evangelizing.  “We have an evangelistic team that goes out. We also have revivals.  The church also has active youth, drama team, pastor’s aid, dance team, step team, music, program, brotherhood, mission, and nursery ministries,” noted Apostle Bradley.
Bradley’s word of encouragement to pastors is to stay focused on their vision.
“Though it tarries, wait on it.  If God said it, don’t let others and situations frustrate your vision and purpose. Keep the love of God and love the people, even those who have left your ministry.
“You must realize that sometimes people come to your ministry for a season.  Once that need is met, it is up to God whether He will place them or move them.
“I encourage leaders to be strong. We need to come together as a team so we can conquer the task.  Regardless of our position on the team, we are part of the team, and we must maintain our position so we can accomplish the task. We must bind together in divine unity so we can be that one body reaching the lost for the Kingdom of God.”
Bradley has been married to Deacon Jimmy Bradley for 35 years. They are the parents of three children and have four grandchildren. They moved to this area with the military in 1982.  
“I enjoy cooking, catering, walking, decorating, playing the trombone, playing sports with my grandchildren, picnics and spending time with people.  I love interacting with people.  My greatest hobby, however, is preaching and teaching,” Bradley said.  
Bradley and the members of House of Refuge invite you to fellowship with them at 307 Welborn St.
“God ordained and established this ministry. It is for hurting people.  Stop by and I promise you will be blessed and will receive from God.  We are there to meet the needs of the people.  Come and get what you need,” Bradley said.
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