This past Monday night, just days before celebrating Easter, a midwest pastor received some devastating news. Around 10 pm, a massive fire broke out and destroyed the roof in the original sanctuary of his church, Bible Baptist, leaving it tattered and with large holes.
Pastor Ted House received a phone call alerting him to a fire in the church shortly after firefighters had arrived on the scene. Once he heard the news, he said in a Facebook Live video that “God gave me a peace” almost immediately. Multiple sources have reported the fire was contained in the original sanctuary of the building, but large portions of the whole facility have been effected. Not only did the roof suffer major damage, large portions of the building also was hit with significant water and smoke damage.
Despite the substantial damage, House still felt called to continue on with Easter service, a day considered significant for Christians because its a celebration of the new covenant, between God and his people.
In Houses’s Facebook Live video posted on the Bible Baptist Church, Mt. Orab’s page, he also thanked the Mount Orab Fire Department and the eight other local fire houses that came and “knocked the fire down and contained it” in one building. A blessing for a church and a congregation of its size.
In addition to that, he said “we are able to have services Wednesday night at 7:30 pm.” And “we are going forward for the Lord.”
“And I want to just thank everybody for their prayers and their texts. I’ve been getting phone calls and texts and that means a lot…so we are doing well,” the Pastor stated roughly a minute into the video.
“And Sunday is Easter Sunday and we are still going to have early breakfast at 7 am and early service at 8:30 am and Sunday school at 9:45 am and church at 11 am.”
Even though, right now, House stated that there church is kind of in a “holding point” he continues to ask everyone for prayers, “so God will give us wisdom and direction on what we should do” next.
The Brown County dispatchers office reported that an unidentified person called 911 to report the fire on Monday night.
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