Fire at Wagoner County church deliberately set

Monday, February 4th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

For the second time in two years, a Wagoner County congregation is burned out of their church. And officials say for the second time, the fire was no accident.

Authorities say someone set fire to the New Testament Holiness Church two weeks. It was started kerosene on the main platform. Officials say someone broke in a window. The congregation lost just about everything.

But, that's not stopping them from worshipping; the pastor has opened up her home for the time being. She says she'll pray for whoever did it. Pastor C.E. Washington, New Testament Holiness Church, "Pray for the Lord to bless 'em and save 'em, turn 'em around from doing evil things. I don't who they are, but the Lord said to pray for your enemies, so they got to be my enemy, for them to do something like this. So I just pray for the Lord to bless them."

The church lost virtually everything from ceiling to floor. Even the plumbing and electrical wiring is ruined. The church didn't have fire insurance. It’s hoping people will help by donating time and materials, to get them up and running again.