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Decatur man salvaging 110-year-old church

George Allen, pastor of The Temple of Zion, is restoring the 110-year-old church on Seventh...
George Allen, pastor of The Temple of Zion, is restoring the 110-year-old church on Seventh Ave. SW. [JERONIMO NISA/DECATUR DAILY]([JERONIMO NISA/DECATUR DAILY])
Published: Sep. 12, 2021 at 12:15 PM CDT
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DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) - Six months ago, Rev. George Allen started on a mission to renovate what will become the home of The Temple of Zio church on Seventh Ave. in southwest Decatur, according to our news partners at The Decatur Daily.

At the beginning of 2021, Allen felt like he should come back to the church on Seventh St., a church he preached at for 10 years. In March, he received a building permit from the city and in two weeks, he replaced the roof.

“It’s a lot of work and I’m only one man. I do the fundraising and the labor. Thank God I’m a carpenter just like our Lord was,” Allen said. “Maybe one of these days, when the building is finished, I will sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labor.”

Allen is a self-taught carpenter who learned it from his relatives. He shored the floors of the entryway, tore the plaster off the walls, insulated the walls and hung sheetrock.

He estimates the work has cost his $150,000 to $200,000 so far. Allen received donations from supporters, along with $30,000 he saved for the renovations.

If you would like to learn more about Rev. Allen’s life and his mission to restore the church, you can head over to Decatur Daily’s website here for the full story.

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