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That’s the mindset for members of Antioch Baptist Church. They have been finding different ways to stick together and hold services after a massive fire burned down the church in just before Easter.
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“There is a reason behind everything,” said Lillian Davis. “And God knows what he’s allowed.”
The church has been holding services at the Callahan Funeral Home since the fire. Now, there’s a more convenient spot for those services: the Englewood Urban Prep High School.
“We’re gonna be here until we cut the ribbon on the new worship center across the district,” said Pastor Gerald Dew.
As they carry on with their faith, fundraising efforts for the new church have been ongoing across the city, with $191,000 already raised.
“It’s so important to continue to go to God’s house of prayer,” said Jeanette Bennett.
Dew has his eyes set on a $1 million fundraising goal and is optimistic about the timeline for the rebuild.
“My hope and prayer is to cut the ribbon on Easter Sunday 2024,” Dew said.
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The church community posted photos along with “Antioch strong” dubbed all over the high school. That is the message these members have been carrying as the new church is about to be rebuilt. But in the meantime, they’re not losing connection with their faith.
“We’re Antioch strong. We have strong faith. And as long as you have your faith, you can believe and you will achieve,” Bennett said.