Convoy of Hope helps New Life Church complete community center in Escanaba

ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) — A community project that took years to prepare is coming to an end.

Sixteen people, mostly from Iowa, are adding the finishing touches to New Life Church projects, including the new community center.

“They laid the sidewalk, they finished the community center, they worked in the garage, they worked in the building all day, every day. So we are very happy to do a lot of things,” said Jason Janich, pastor of New Life Church.

The band is led by Greg Colegrove, who grew up in Manistique but now lives in Missouri.

“Anytime I can do something to bring something to UP, I’ll seek it out,” Colegrove said, with Convoy of Hope.

This is all made possible by an organization called Convoy of Hope.

“Our motto is that we are passionate about feeding the world. Along with that there are so many other things that go with it because we do things like disaster services,” Colegrove said.

These people make dreams at New Life Church a reality.

By September, a blue tarp in the window will be removed in the community center, which will be accessible to everyone. The community center will include an indoor gymnasium and a playground. It is located along 8th Street South behind The Store.

After years of support, New Life Church asks for continued prayer and financial support if you are able.

They are looking to cover around $800,000.

“It’s a very low debt threshold for anything that has gone into the community center, the gymnasium, the playground, open to the community. We try to keep it free,” Janich said.

The Convoy of Hope group will travel next week to the Marquette area to continue helping rural communities.

If you would like to donate or learn more about the community center, click here.

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Jill E. Washington