Storm damage brings two Mid-South churches together

Lightning struck the steeple of a Mid-South church during Friday night's storms setting it on fire.

Action News 5 reporter Ben Watson spent the first Sunday after the fire with members of Faith Covenant Church, a congregation who refuses to give up.

Charred debris marks the spot where lightning struck damaging the church's ceiling and knocking out power to the building.

Pastor Quinten Barlow and members of Faith Covenant Church say they're thanking God that the lightning strike Friday night didn't cause their building to burn to the ground.

"To experience a catastrophic situation like this will really bring us together," says Rev. Barlow.

And while you might look at all the damage and think it's a mess, members say the lightning strike may actually have been a blessing.

A blessing because when the Pastor at the nearby Cornerstone Church heard about Faith Covenant's lightning strike he invited members to worship at his church.

It was a worship service that brought church members together, not in grief over the fire, but in the joy that their faith will see them through.

"We're just confident in what God has said and God has said that all things are going to work together for our good. So even this fire, even this mis-hap, is working for our good," says Barlow.

Members say other Memphis churches have also been supportive through prayers and donations.

The fire that tore so much apart is now the reason area churches are coming together.


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