Sunday, Jan. 20, marked the official five-year anniversary of the Little River Multicultural Complex and that milestone will be celebrated at 4 p.m. this coming Sunday, Jan. 27.
Guest speaker will the Rev. Dr. Benjamin D. Snoddy, who is president of the S.C. Baptist Education and Missionary Convention.
Also featured on the program will be the Greenwood Area Martin Luther King Jr. Mass Choir, the Little River Music Auxiliary Choir, the Mt. Moriah Music Ministry of Spartanburg, and Christine Morton.
The idea for the Little River Multicultural Complex to serve the needs of the Little River Missionary Baptist Association (LRMBA) was born in the Congress of Christian Education in the early 1970s, when the Rev. Dr. J.S. Maddox was serving as president.
The Congress and the LRMBA, its parent body, nurtured the project for about 10 years.
The property was purchased from J. Lloyd Parks from the estate of the Rev. E.W. Thomas, under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Ed F. Johnson, association moderator, for the purpose of building the proposed Baptist Center.
The idea lay dormant for a number of years until the late 1990s, when the Rev. Alvin L. Green Sr., moderator, revived interest in the project. His successor as moderator, the Rev. James W. Price, appointed the following Trustees: M.J. Bobo and the Rev. Sylvester Jackson, co-chairmen, the Rev. Dr. Willie S. Harrison, Robert McClinton, Michael Cunningham, Marshall Parks, and the Rev. Thessa G. Smith.
In 2000, the LRMBA approved Deacon Hudson Goodwin’s idea to apply for a conservation grant to improve the land, grow pines and use the land for grazing.
That same year, on Sept. 18, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service approved a matching grant for a well, fence, planting of 1.9 acres of pine trees, and adding crush and run until 2009.
In 2007, a subsequent grant was approved by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to install a 1,600-foot pipeline to service the concrete watering trough, construct a 2,500-foot fence as a barrier to livestock, plant 5.5 acres of permanent low vegetation, protect heavy use area with geotextile and rock. This also was a matching grant to help improve and conserve the land surrounding the Multicultural Complex.
Finally, under the leadership of the Rev. Sylvester Jackson, the idea began to materialize. On Oct. 29, 2006, a groundbreaking ceremony took place with more than 200 members and well-wishers in attendance.
A year later, the Little River Multicultural Complex became a reality and was dedicated to God.
Since moving into the complex, the following ministries have been of service to the surrounding communities: the Community Garden and the Students Empowered for Life’s Future (SELF) Summer Camp.
Dinner is available to the community every Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.