St. Louis (KSDK) - Though the South was hard hit by a rash of church arsons in June 1996, a group of teens from Lafayette, Georgia still came to rebuild a church near downtown St. Louis.
That church in need of such extensive repairs was Fourth Baptist Church and it still stands even 15 years later. Fourth Baptist Church was one of the earliest protestant churches in Old North St. Louis. Pastor Rick Taylor called the church a cornerstone of the community.
The project to restore area churches was funded in part through community block grants and the St. Louis mayor's office.
Group leaders hoped to make a difference with their hands, doing chores like sweeping, and make a difference with their hearts, through their ministry.
Watch Kathyrn Kiefer's report by clicking the video player above.