DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — First Baptist Church in Dothan gave back to the community Sunday, splitting $100,000 among nine organizations.
“We have a lot of things happening in the service, but primarily, the thing we are most excited about is God has really blessed this church over the past financial year with a tremendous amount of surplus so one of the things we wanted to do was give back to our local community,” said Taylor Rutland, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Dothan.
The organizations First Baptist surprised with a check are the Ark, the Harbor, Love and Action, Southeast Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the SABA Ministry Center, Wiregrass Hope Group, Wiregrass Angel house, Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, and the Dothan Rescue Mission.
“Our people continued to faithfully give even during the pandemic, even though we weren’t having church people were mailing in their offerings, people were giving online, and so actually our finances did tremendous the entire time we were shut down,” Rutland said.
This was the church’s first-ever “Impact Sunday.” The organizations selected were nonprofits the church has either partnered with in the past or were familiar with through parishioners involvement.
“During this time as we know, finances for a lot of nonprofits are not super strong right now, and so we thought we really need to give back and support our local community and so that’s why we came up with the idea to give away $100,000,” Rutland said. “That’s just a testimony to God’s Faithfulness to this church and the faithfulness of these people.”
Each organization was given a check ranging from $10,000 to $15,000.