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Arson church congregation returns home

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Exactly six months ago today flames gutted Clear Spring Missionary Baptist Church in Smith County, one of eleven churches to burn at the hands of an arsonist. This morning, the Clear Spring Church family finally returned to their home.

The night of February 8th changed Pastor Brandon Owen's responsibilities as church leader. The worship leader became a father to a family without a home. "We had to learn how to pray and we most certainly kept our faith throughout this whole process," said Owens.

The process came full circle today as his family plus a few returned for a spirited sermon.

"It's like the resurrection, a new life, a new beginning, a new venture in Christ," said church member Darrin Taylor.

Featuring some new improvements to the prior church. A wider foundation provides room for future members who may have to hurry to find their spot.

"I'm so overjoyed by it I just really can't explain it I mean I'm just so happy to be here today," said Taylor.

"A songwriter once said those who have been tried in the fire and are pure come out as gold," said Owens. "Well that sticks with us and that sticks in my mind on a day to day basis. Fire is what destroyed this building but now you can see we come out as pure gold."

Clear Spring has already scheduled homecoming revivals Monday through Wednesday evenings at 7:30.

They welcome everyone to join them.

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