‘God has a purpose behind the pain,’ Pastor says of fires that destroyed church building, parsonage

The Baptist Press reports: The state Fire Marshall’s office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATFE) have started an investigation regarding the cause of the fire and to determine whether a hate crime was involved.


Pray Team Jesus for Pastor Pastor James Leezer and the Providence Baptist Church congregation. We will be praying for full recovery from this devastating fire.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mo. (BP) –At 5:30 on Thursday morning, Jan. 4, Pastor James Leezer of Williamstown’s Providence Baptist Church got a call with bad news no pastor wants to hear: “The church and the parsonage are on fire.”

Leezer was studying Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount at the moment he received the call, but after he heard the news he turned to God in prayer. After 20 minutes in prayer, he then called the deacons.

Firefighters were already on scene when Leezer got the word.

A quarter-mile lane separates the parsonage and the church building, which included an attached fellowship hall. Firefighters, from Canton and Monticello stations were dispatched at 5:07 a.m. and could see both structures fully engulfed miles before they arrived. The departments set up attacks on both structures.

The firefighters called the Western Lewis County Fire District in LaBelle for mutual aid. Then they called additional firefighters from LaGrange and Ewing to assist with a tanker water shuttle to the church, some two miles east of Williamstown.

Firefighters were at both scenes until about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. There were no injuries. More Here

Just a friendly reminder: When is the last time you have invited your local fire inspector to look over your Church? Having been a firefighter back in the day, inspections are vital.

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