After seeing reports of the fire that destroyed the Childress Memorial Church of God in Christ Saturday, Pastor Robert Emmitt of the Community Bible Church knew he had to help.
“I came into church and one of my pastors…said, ‘What’s going on?’ I said, ‘Well, sit down and close the door, here's what the Lord put in my heart,'" said Emmitt.
Earlier that day, the pastor contacted the elders in his congregation to get their blessing on his idea. Once he got it, he wrote a check for $100,000 and gave it to Bishop Samuel Iglehart just moments before he led his church in its first service since Saturday’s fire.
“We've received responses from all over the country,“ said Iglehart. "I’m certainly proud to know that I live in a city where the constituency of the city will come to your aid if you need it.”
Agents with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms arrived at the east side church Sunday afternoon to begin their investigation. Several agents moved in and out of the building, searching for any signs of arson. The investigation is expected to last the entire week.
Bishop Iglehart said regardless of what investigators find, his congregation is already moving forward.
“We have no control over the other forces,” he said. “If they were so of a nature to do it we've said ‘God bless them.’”
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