The Rev. Gregg Davison has stood before his fledgling congregation and told them, “If we build it, they will come.”
Davison is halfway there. More than 300 Pentecostals from across the country traveled to the heart of Iowa last week to build a house of worship for his church.
The building seemed to literally go up overnight as part of the “Church in a Day” program created by United Pentecostal Church International, headquartered in Missouri. Professional contractors, many of them volunteers, finish the foundation, plumbing and electricity before erecting the building itself in about 24 hours. More than 80 churches have been completed, including now three in Iowa.