Christian Chronicle

After devastating fire, St. Louis church refuses to lose hope

Missouri congregation that ‘lost everything’ keeps letting its light shine as it seeks God’s guidance — and funding.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

ST. LOUIS — A fire destroyed the leased storefront facility where the St. Louis Metropolitan Church of Christ met for more than a decade.

But amid the charred debris, an imprint of a cross remained on a wall — a symbol of hope.

“God let us know he’s still in control,” member Tywana Thomas said.

The church — which has 23 people on its roll — has clung to that assurance since the Jan. 27 fire. The blaze ignited when the building’s owner fell asleep while cooking.

Total losses — all uninsured — totaled $30,000 for a congregation already struggling financially, minister Christopher Mitchell said.

“I’m still grieving,” member Angelina Petty said. “We lost everything. We didn’t lose our faith, but we lost every physical thing.”

This story appears in the August 2016 print edition of The Christian Chronicle.
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