My Facebook status (edited), 3:16AM:
First someone burned down our playground ark, then someone vandalized our church bus, now tonight, someone burned down our church parsonage building.
Once a landmark estate property in Stuarts Draft, a 3500+ square foot brick two-story and slate roof house charred to the ground, and nothing remains except a few brick walls and the beautiful chimney. (a frown and a tear)
Dear God, please give a change of heart to people who do these things… and please protect our church from further attack. Please protect the beautiful, loving, and compassionate people of our congregation… and give us courage to continue with our mission… to make this community and world a better place. I still thank You for making me the pastor of Destiny Family Center. Our vision is clear and our future is bright. I thank You for our fire department and those who risked their lives for us again tonight. Bless them, and their families as they’ve willingly placed themselves in harm’s way for us.
I feel humbled. I don’t know what to think. So, I pray… with hope in my heart to a God who cares more than anyone can ever imagine. Amen.
This morning, 8:28AM:
Thank you all for your many prayers and kind comments to us. What a blessing it is to feel the love of God, through friends, in times like this. Please continue to respond with God’s love.
Material things can be replaced.
Our mission and our focus has nothing to do with things… it is about making a forever difference in the hearts and souls of people… our families, friends, and even our enemies.
This fire proves our need for churches and good-hearted Christian people.
This fire inspires me to care for people more, not less. It makes me more so thankful to God for saving me from the person I could have become. It compels me to reach out to corrupted people when they are young… before they end up hurting others and themselves.
To the people of Destiny Family Center, and to all who feel hurt with us…
Please respond with us by making a greater difference with your life this year, than any other year.
Our church has always been known for reaching out to people who are at the lowest rock bottom… to the drug dealers and addicts and people who are fresh out of jail, and those who are fresh out of divorce, and every kind of destruction imaginable. May we continue to do this, no matter what happens to us in the process.
Love is greater than hate. Mercy is greater than judgment.
Today is another beautiful day to be alive and shining for Christ. God bless you all!
Keeping The Dream Alive,