“We thank God for everything that He has done for us. Everything that He is doing for us…I just thank God.” – Rose Moore [#WeThankGod #IJustThankGod]

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“We thank God for everything that He has done for us. Everything that He is doing for us…I just thank God.” – Rose Moore [#WeThankGod #IJustThankGod]

It’s only a building.

Church is in your heart.

That is the message from a Huger pastor who woke up to her church in rubble.

An overnight fire on Monday, September 7, 2020, destroyed New Hope United Methodist Church on Cainhoy Road.

The flames left a charred bible with singed scripture readings.

Reverend Shawn Chestnut shared the meaning behind the discovery.

“Was my pulpit bible. That would be in the middle of our sanctuary.”
– Shawn Chestnut

Shawn Chestnut explained they would use it on Sunday mornings and

“out of all the things, this is still here with us, and we are going to keep it.”

It’s a sign of serious damage, but also, a sign of hope for a church burned to the ground.

“I just break. I didn’t have any words. It just feels like a death. Honestly, because it just hurts.”
– Church member Anthony Moore

The bible barely survived the flames and now church members said they will survive their pain.

“Even in times like this, because of the teaching, and because we are holding strong to our faith. We can say we are going to make it.”
– Anthony Moore

The Moore family grew up at New Hope United Methodist Church.

Church portraits from the early 2000’s captured what the chapel meant to the lifelong Huger family.

“All they had to say was we’re going to church. I mean we would just pick up shoes, whatever we had to do, we were just ready. We probably didn’t even match. We were just happy to know that we were coming to church.”
– Anthony Moore

Rose Moore is a lifelong member of New Hope.

Rose Moore called the church her home.

“I never dreamed of something like this happening to my church. I never would think anything like that.”
– Rose Moore

Rose Moore is hopeful for better days ahead while leaning on her faith.

“We thank God for everything that He has done for us. Everything that He is doing for us. He brought us all from a mighty long week. I just thank God.”
– Rose Moore

The pages of a burned bible serve as that reminder.

“God will let us one day build again. And so we are okay with that and we are just going to rejoice and thank God and we are so glad that no one was hurt.”
– Reverend Shawn Chestnut

Reverend Shawn Chestnut said she does not know how it happened.

Reverend Shawn Chestnut said donations of different kinds have already come in.

The State Law Enforcement Division confirmed it is investigating the fire.

Huger church family turns to faith after overnight fire:
ABC NEWS 4

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