YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A relief fund has been set up for Grace Evanglestic Temple Church, which burned to the ground May 12, at Home Savings and Loan Company.
Those interested in donating can ask for the Grace Evengelistic Temple Church COGIC (Church of God in Christ) fund at Home Savings and Loan Company.
The church gathered for the first Sunday service after their building was destroyed by a fire. It was a different building, but the same church family.
“We’re doing good, we’re doing good,” said Bishop Chorrethors Jenkins, the pastor at Grace Evangelistic Temple Ministries.
They came together to praise and worship at the old Elizabeth Baptist Church on South Garland Avenue in Youngstown, where they will continue to meet for the foreseeable future.
It’s been almost a week since the grace evangelistic temple ministries was destroyed by a fire, and even though the church is physically gone, the congregation’s spirit is just as strong.”
“We don’t always understand but sometimes it takes a tragedy to bring unity,” said Brenda Byers, a church member.
“I know that a lot of people have a lot of strong feelings of sorrow because a lot of memories were lost in the loss of the building but something I keep hearing in my spirit is God doesn’t take without giving,” said Ronda Johnson, a church member.
Pastor Chorrethors Jenkins hopes that they’ll have a place to call their own once again, But says they’re all thankful for what they say is the overwhelming love and support from the community.
“I am so grateful because of the overwhelming people that are reaching out to us it is made it so much easier,” said Bishop Jenkins.
“But praise God, we as a church body, I believe I can speak for the family as a whole, we wait expectantly because something good is going to come out of this, something good is already coming out of this.