Church Looks to the Future

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Lauderdale was destroyed by fire early this week, but members still celebrate the joy of another day.

Although losing their building to a fire is an unexpected challenge, members like Terrone Hopson say they believe the congregation will grow from the unfortunate experience.

"This is where we were and look at where we're going now," Hopson said.

The initial shock is slowly fading and members are focusing on the future.

Pastor Tyrone Bolden says this challenge will not prevent the church from holding its services. For the time being, the church will meet in its old building.

"Definitely, on Sunday, we're going to return to the grounds, of course, because I believe that's where we really need to focus upon and begin there," said Bolden. "From that point, we're just open to suggestions."

With almost everything burned to the ground, church members made an amazing discovery, seven Bibles completely undamaged.

"I received a text message and the young man told me, 'Check this out, we found six, no seven Bibles'. He said, 'man not one page was burned on either of the Bibles'. I was like, what? And I started screaming," said Bolden.

While the future of the church isn't completely clear, Pastor Bolden says his message for church members is.

"The first thing I would say to them is just hold on to your faith and out of this, out of the ashes, we shall rise with Christ," he said.

So the building of Mt. Olive Baptist Church may have fallen, but the congregation of the church says its spirits have not.

If you would like to help Mt. Olive, you may donate through its special account at Trustmark Bank, or help with supplies and chairs.

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  • by Shannon Location: Killeen, TX on Jan 14, 2010 at 04:12 PM
    Mt. Olive is the church I grew up in and still have family who attends there. Pastor Bolden said you all will be using the old bldg for services. The bible does say forsake not to assemble yourselves together.. It doesn't matter whether you're in a bldg or a tent, I truly believe that God will be in the midst. Stay prayerful, keep the faith and God bless.
  • by some who cares Location: meridian on Jan 14, 2010 at 12:42 PM
  • by Concerned Location: Somewhere,Ms on Jan 14, 2010 at 07:52 AM
    I could not believe that there are not any comments to the burning of Mt. Olive; words of encouragement to the pastor and members, offers of help and prayer; or even to give words of hope to this congregation. On the other hand, there were 38 comments to the Rowry conviction. This is what is happening to our society: We are putting God last too often and our thoughts are not in the right place, doing the right things, at the right time.
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