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Church on National Register of Historic Places needing renovations

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Pastor Robert Holmes would do anything for his church, Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Waterloo.

"We're not going to just sit around and allow the church or watch the church deteriorate or rot down," said Holmes.

Holmes decided to donate his John Deere pension to help with church renovations, but that won't be enough to help make all the repairs.

"Total renovation we were looking at I think they're running about 90,000," said Gloria Holmes, church clerk.

The building is more than 100 years old and has seen better days. Now you're looking at bricks falling off the wall, broken windows and a new roof. The church is even on the National Registry for Historic Places, but keeps getting denied money from the government.

"People think that you automatically will get funds to help you with renovations but that's not true because there's competition and when we applied the first time, they said we've got 10 other buildings also and we can't fund you this time," said Gloria Holmes.

Gloria Holmes is frustrated, because to be on the registry, you have keep these old buildings in good condition.

"The building shall be saved and as much as possible in its natural form so that the history of the church will be maintained," said Gloria Holmes.

It has become a little difficult for the church, made mostly of low income families, to raise money. Even so, the church is making every penny count and still worshiping no matter the condition.

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