Pastor's home is a refuge to many

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The plans had yellowed by the time Bishop Mark and Dorothy Walden were ready to use the blueprints to build their house.

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<b>STILL SOUNDS BEAUTIFUL: </b> This antique piano is used by Mrs. Walden for worship. She thinks the piano is more than 80 years old.  Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
STILL SOUNDS BEAUTIFUL: This antique piano is used by Mrs. Walden for worship. She thinks the piano is more than 80 years old.

The 12 or so years they waited wasn't because of finances.

It was for a higher cause.

He is the pastor of House of God Church of God in Christ, in Thomson, and the bishop for the second jurisdiction in north Georgia, and he put his home-building money to use to help one of his churches in need.

"We take our calling seriously," Bishop Walden said.

The couple poured their house-building savings into completing the Shalom Temple Church of God in Christ, in Sandersville, Ga., because the bishop felt an obligation to the older members of the congregation who might not have lived to see it built otherwise.

Now, the Waldens, who are the parents of nine and grandparents of 25, have the home they always wanted.

"This is the center of the family," Bishop Walden said. "If she says, 'I'll cook dinner,' that means everybody's coming over."

The house was planned accordingly. The basement is the "hangout" place for the grandkids, with a kitchen for popping popcorn, ample seating and a television set. The main kitchen has two ovens for Mrs. Walden's mass culinary creations.

Their daughter Veronica also lives there with her children, Jasmine, R.J. and Justin, taking three of the six bedrooms.

Their home also has a room dedicated to the Waldens' faith, a prayer room. Besides prayer, the room is used as a sanctuary for counseling, which the couple does frequently.

Reach Sarah Day Owen at (706) 823-3223 or sarah.owen@augustachronicle.com.

AT HOME WITH

WHO: Bishop Mark and Dorothy Walden


THE HOUSE: 9,011 square feet, with six bedrooms, five bathrooms, two half-baths, two offices, a prayer room, a finished basement, two kitchens, family room/den, dining room, living room, sunroom and breakfast nook

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sonjiabush
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sonjiabush 04/20/08 - 09:32 pm
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i never seen the righteous

i never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. continue to be blessed bishop-sis. bush old time way cogic. you deserve everything that you are blessed with. god has been so good to you.

Son of God
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Son of God 04/21/08 - 12:27 am
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how may readers benefit from

how may readers benefit from this prayer home? can anyone visit, eat, and feel comfortable who are annointed or are there select people? i would love to visit and enjot the beautiful things of the lord with holy ghost filled saints of god. hats off to you! are all the members taken care of and living this way as well? i would love to visit. please invite. god bless you on his miraculous gift here on earth. now share a mael and a word with me in your home.

toppergem
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toppergem 04/21/08 - 08:03 am
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It is wonderful to see the

It is wonderful to see the blessings this family has received by doing what they felt was their mission in life...to help others. So maybe if the world was filled with more like them, extend themselves for others, and not always with their hands open waiting for the next a handout, but using those hands for service and hard work for others...then maybe blessings will come in their direction too. Just a though...maybe a little simplistic...but a thought none the less.

BoldTruth
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BoldTruth 04/21/08 - 10:10 am
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To Son of God, I know for a

To Son of God, I know for a fact that they invite many people over for meals. They do not have a select group of people. You should see by the story that they sacrificed their dream home for many years to ensure that God's people had a very nice church to attend. I am so glad GOD Blessed them with this house.

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adrian22 04/21/08 - 02:22 pm
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Bishop Walden you and your

Bishop Walden you and your wife deserve everything and more. You are the sweetest couple I'v e ever met and as a teenager I enjoyed attending Old Time Way COGIC. It was warm and I always felt welcomed.

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anointedbyGod 04/21/08 - 09:49 pm
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Bishop and Mother Walden you

Bishop and Mother Walden you TRULY deserve this and much more! To the Son of God (who posted a comment above), you are cordially invited to worship at the House of God Church of God of God In Christ 441 Jackson Street Thomson, GA 30824. You can get the word and a meal too if we're feeding after service. If you're a REAL "SON OF GOD", you wouldn't be concerned about the inquiries that you made and you would be genuinely happy for the man and woman of God who are so deserving. Get a life. May God bless you!!!!

mgroothand
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mgroothand 04/22/08 - 11:55 am
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Sounds like something Rev.

Sounds like something Rev. Jeremiah Wright would have done, had he thought of it......

butlerbonnies@yahoo.com
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butlerbonnies@yahoo.com 04/22/08 - 12:41 pm
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Why are we so surprised? this

Why are we so surprised? this is the year of the fulfillment of the blessing! :) enjoy...............!

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STAYFOCUSED 04/23/08 - 08:03 am
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This is a wonderful blessing.

This is a wonderful blessing. But remember, it's not about what is stored here on earth. GOD is not concerned about a 9,000 sq ft home, he's looking at what's stored in your heart and soul. These are earthly possessions. If you really know the Word of God, THIS DOES NOT MEAN A THING TO GOD.

anointedbyGod
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anointedbyGod 04/23/08 - 02:25 pm
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I am so glad that God is not

I am so glad that God is not like man. Man looks at the outer appearance, but God looks at the heart. We all look forward to receiving our mansion in the sky, but God thought so much of his vessels and they meant so much to Him that He blessed them with a mini-mansion on earth. God is good all the time and all the time God is good!

toppergem
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toppergem 04/26/08 - 03:30 pm
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Sounds like something Rev.

Sounds like something Rev. Jeremiah Wright would have done, had he thought of it......well he and his church have done it for years. That is why the church is so respected in the community where it and among the other churches around the country of the same denomination. Why can't people just get on with their lives and get off of the Rev. Wright comments? Must every opportunity be an opportunity to harp on the Rev. Wright issues?

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