Memphis church copes with fire that destroyed building

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV)- Members of a Memphis church aren't letting a fire slow them down.

Light of Glory International Church still held its weekly service Tuesday night, despite a fire that gutted it's own building early Tuesday morning.

"Whatever is going on we're thankful, we're going to rejoice and be glad in it," Church member Catherine Johnson said.

The fire broke out while the church was empty. Pastor Stephen Brown said investigators ruled out arson.  Investigators believe the fire started in the attic, but they don't yet know what caused it.

"We're going to make it through this," Pastor Brown said. "It's not the time to ask God, why, why, why, but it's time to tell God, thank you for everything that is done, and what He's doing."

Despite a draining day, taking the night off from services was never an option for this church.

"People still need to hear the Gospel," Brown said. "Some body's life is on the line today."

LaTrice Bogard was at work when she found out about the fire. Bogard was planning to get married in the church this Saturday.

"When I saw it on the television, I literally broke down at work," he said.

Meanwhile, Brown said the fire serves as a reminder that a church is made up of a lot more than a building.

"The church is not the building. As you can see, the church is us," he said.

As the service showed Tuesday evening, the Light of Glory International Church body is anything but destroyed.

According to Brown, the church does have fire insurance. If you want to help the church, you can make a donation at any First Tennessee bank.

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