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Letcher County Church Finds Temporary Home

More than two weeks ago, we told you about an Eastern Kentucky church that burned to the ground after police say two teenagers robbed and set fire to the building. Members of the Blackey Pentecostal Church in Letcher County have a new temporary home, just a few miles down the road thanks to one family that heard their story and wanted to help.

If you've been to church, you've probably heard the proverbs that God works in mysterious ways and that every time one door is closed, another one opens. More than two weeks ago, a door closed for the 35 members of the Blackey Pentecostal Church when police say two teenagers stole some musical instruments, and then set fire to the building to cover the evidence.

"It hurt, it hurt because all the people came together and built that building," said Pastor Bruce Eldridge.

"You could replace the mandolins, the guitars, whole lot better than you can replace a church," said Grant Eldridge.

But several miles down the road, Sharon Caudill and her husband Mike, heard their story and could replace the church with an unused building they constructed with their own hands. Just like that, another door opened.

"And I thought, well here I've got a building, they don't have a place, and I didn't know them, but I know them now," Sharon said.

And so out of the ashes rose friendship and open arms of compassion because ultimately, what does a building mean, when it's the people and prayers within it that make up a church.

"The church is within them. They brought the church with them when they came," Sharon said.

"Because a building burns, that don't stop the works of God. It goes on," Pastor Eldridge said.

Members of the Blackey Pentecostal Church say they've already begun the rebuilding process and hope to have their church ready by Christmas with two very special guests, Mike and Sharon Caudill sitting in the front row.


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