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Fire leaves pastor, 14 children homeless

A pastor known for opening his home to anyone in need, is now looking for a home after his was destroyed in a fire. A pastor known for opening his home to anyone in need, is now looking for a home after his was destroyed in a fire.

(WMC-TV) – A pastor known for opening his home to anyone in need, is now looking for a home after his was destroyed in a fire.

The Johnson's, a family of 16, were all able to escape that early morning house fire and instead of looking for a new place to live, they say they're ready to rebuild.

"I was brave," said Michael Pope, one of 14 children who were inside the home Sunday morning when a fire started under a bunk bed. "I woke up Juicy and I said ‘Juicy, Juicy, the fire is on the bed.'"

Pastor Stanley Johnson recently adopted seven of his grandchildren in order to keep the family from being torn apart. He said it was a miracle that his entire family made it out unharmed.

"If it had not been for the Lord... Lord have mercy, that's all I could think about," said Johnson, of True Holiness Outreach Ministry.

Johnson said his home is a total loss, but he has faith that his good works are not in vain.

"Helping God's people, that's how you touch God's heart," he said. "I believe in sowing seeds. I'm a seed; so if I treat you nice it's got to come back."

Johnson said that everyone in this small Rossville community knows that if a child needs help, he's willing to take them in. He said as many as 21 people have lived at this home.

"I tell people it ain't so many that's the problem," he said. "You can have two and be unhappy and have problems, but if you have 21 in a house and y'all are happy - that makes the difference."

"This morning I brought some clothing and I've come and got the sizes of the children and we'll go back and buy them more clothing," said Pastor LaSimba Gray, of New Sardis Baptist Church.

Gray said he's putting out challenge to all churches.

"I'm appealing to the faith community to help Pastor Johnson rebuild his home," he said.

And Johnson said it doesn't matter how long it takes, just as long as they're together

The Johnson family is currently living in a home provided by a family-friend.

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The True Holiness Church Family is having a benefit program January 29 at 3 p.m. after a fire destroyed their home. Age Shoe Size Pants Shoes 7 13 7/8 7 or medium 7 13 7/8 7 More>>

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