The leaders of a small Christian school in west central Georgia are trusting God after a fire destroyed one of the campus’ main buildings.
“We know that God’s going to come through,” Barry Williams, pastor of RealChurch Coweta, told WAGA-TV. “He’s done it before. This spring, we had a flood in the front part of the building.”
The school, Central Christian, is associated with Williams’ congregation. The pastor said school officials have had to scramble to find solutions as crews work to repair the nearly 40-year-old building.
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“Our middle school and high school building — building two — is completely shut down right now,” he said. “I told our church members if an earthquake or locusts come out, we’re gonna start looking for Jesus.”
Williams said he and his congregation are also leaning on God to provide the funds needed to pay for the repairs that won’t be covered by insurance.
Officials with the Coweta County Fire Rescue said they received a call from a member of the church’s cleaning staff around lunchtime Sept. 30. The employee found smoke and flames coming from the back of one of the school’s buildings, and immediately called 911.
The pastor said they were seasoning a grill in preparation for an event the following Sunday — the potential culprit for the fire, although the official cause has not yet been determined.
“Obviously,” the preacher told the local news station, “it was a devastating loss for us.”
Despite the damage from the flood and fire, classes have continued. School staffers have found creative ways to use other school and church areas to keep kids in school.
Thankfully, no one was hurt by the fire and insurance is covering the majority of the damages. However, the cost of improvements to the school’s HVAC, electrical, and fire alarm systems will likely fall back on the church.
“It’s gonna look probably around the $100,000 mark, or more,” said Williams. “We just want the safest environment for our children.”
Please keep RealChurch and Central Christian in your prayers.
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