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Volunteers Take Ministry to Area Apartment Dwellers

At Concord House's church, the baptismal font is an aluminum horse trough.

There is no altar.

There is, however, a Formica counter that, during Sunday services earlier this month, held a bucket to catch water dripping from a recently revived air conditioner.

The choir, the organ and the sound system are one red-headed, guitar-playing package named Robert Martin, who, when he isn't leading the singing, is leading prayer.

"Father, we thank You for the air conditioning that's working today," Martin prayed with heartfelt enthusiasm on a sweltering August morning.

Church at Concord House — one of more than a dozen area apartment complexes where First Baptist Church of Euless missionaries sing, preach and lead prayers — is no spit-and-shine, dressed-in-your-Sunday-best kind of affair.

Which is precisely why it works.

Which is precisely why Helen Jacksis and her 3-year-old daughter, Kayla, atten...