Perry Co. church turns into temporary shelter

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Pastor Chris Fugate said while the Gospel Light Baptist Church has only been open for two months, he felt the need to reach out to people in times of need.

"Our goal as a church is to help as many people in our community as we can help and reach as many people with the lord as we can reach," said the pastor and Kentucky State Police Detective.

The church was turned into a temporary shelter for those without power after Sunday's snowstorm. Church members also served hot meals.

Members of the congregation reassembled the pews to make temporary beds and also got cots and blankets from the salvation army.

"The bible tells us that we are to help those who are in need and that is our responsibility so it makes our church excited to see people come in," said Fugate.

Some people said they would have been left out in the cold without the help.

"We didn't have electric and when we don't have electricity our water is off so we came up here and ate and played games and kept warm>," said Sarah Miller.

Miller had stayed with her friends and family in the church during their time without power.

"My feet was cold, my hands was cold, they was numb," said Denny Stidham who also stayed at the church.

Stidham said he was thankful to have a warm place to sleep.

"It is just amazing that they opened the church and help the people in the community out and give them a place to go when they didn't have nothing," said Miller.

Miller said as soon as she came to the church she felt like she belonged.

Fugate said anyone who is without power or who just wanted to come out is welcome. Normal services are held on Sunday and Wednesday but the church doors are open all day during this week's power outages.

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