When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.
The Chapel survived the flood of 1976 and the flood of 2013. We worshiped there for a year and a half – then disaster struck again! The house next door had been ruined by the flood and sat waiting to be demolished ever since. But Saturday evening, March 12, it started on fire. Since it was so near the church, our propane tanks released their gas (a safety feature so they wouldn’t blow) and the resulting heat burned the side of the Chapel.
While no fire actually burned the inside of the Chapel, the extreme heat and the smoke caused major damage, particularly to the A-frame. The new paint boiled, the peak of the ceiling is blackened, and even the rafters have been damaged. Of course, everything else has been blackened and saturated by smoke. Our furnace room and storage area were destroyed.
Five fire departments fought the fire, which was one of the largest the area has seen recently. We are very grateful for the diligence and hard work of those who fought the fire.
We don’t know yet the full extent of the damage. Adjusters and contractors are working on that assessment. Nor do we know how or why the fire started next door. That is something the sheriff’s department will determine. What we do know is that we will not be using the building for at least a few months. We are covered by insurance, and they are already working on our behalf.
We are meeting at the BTCA community building next to the Drake fire station, a mile or so east of the Chapel. Our hearts are hurting, but spirits are lifted by being together. No one was hurt, and we are grateful.
I apologize for not thinking of updating here sooner, but will try to keep this site up to date again.
Please keep us in your prayers!
You might be interested in some photos: