Whitehouse church rises from the ashes

For members, it was a total loss--their church burned to the ground, but that was then.

"I was just in a state of awe of how wonderful and awesome our God is--where we could go from just a total loss to where God has just blessed us with more than we ever had before," said Tony Godfrey, pastor of Ambassador.  Godfrey said it was a tough year.  Sunday, music and singing filled the new sanctuary.

For months, the congregation was forced to worship inside the YMCA in Whitehouse.  Godfrey said it was a blessing in disguise.

"We grew as a church, in numbers and spiritually," said Godfrey.  "We realized that's what we need to be about, not just proclaiming Ambassador Baptist Church, but proclaiming the Kingdom of God."  It was a message the church took to heart.

"Those doors are not doors into the building, but doors out into our mission field," said Deacon Michael Wilson.  New members filled the seats of the new building.  The new building was full of new classrooms.  The congregation had a renewed sense of purpose.

"We just want our church to grow, and that's what we're asking God for now," said Alani Work, a member for 11 years.

"God has always called the church to be mobile, to be active and going, and that's how we want to be," said Godfrey.  A special dedication service will be held on October 19th.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.  llivingston@kltv.com