And that’s exactly what the Canaan Baptist Church family intends to do – rebuild.
“I know God will lead us where we need to go together,” said member Virginia Abrams.
As of Friday, Pastor Brian Plants was busy tracking down a temporary worship location. Services will be held today at the Denham Street Fellowship Hall.
“God has a plan for all of this, and everything happens for a reason,” Stogsdill said confidently.
And the church members are banding together as they seek out a temporary home – and eventually work toward rebuilding.
“Our church means the world to us,” Abrams said. “Our children … grew up there.”
The Kentucky Fire Marshal’s Office and the Kentucky State Police Arson Investigation Team are looking into what may have caused the fire, and they don’t believe it was a suspicious blaze.
“They’re looking at the wiring, the Christmas lights there, the regular lights,” said Haynes.
The church sign that greets visitors, located just next to Pine Hill Road, says “With Jesus, hope,” and that can’t better describe the church members’ faith – what is guiding them through a devastating event.
“God is in control, and I’m sure He had a purpose in this,” Stogsdill said.
And while they search for a new church home, the already close Canaan Baptist Church family is growing even closer.
“There’s a lot of good people there,” said Stogsdill, who noted there were around 50 attendees at the rural church’s service the Sunday before the fire.
And Abrams only had one request on behalf of the church and its members.
“Please keep praying for us,” Abrams said.