Mt. Pleasant Baptist celebrates progress following devastating flood
A church destroyed in the June 2016 flood finally opened it's doors today to a brand new auditorium.
The damage not only included the church building but every piece of property from the Christian high school and gymnasium to church and school vehicles.
"I remember right after the flood happened we had our first couple Wednesday night services int he parking lot," Church member Patty Wenger said.
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church members, Patty Wenger and Barbara Hamm remember seeing the pews covered in flood water and the whole auditorium filled with mud.
"Tears were shed, I can say that. A lot of tears were shed," Wenger said.
"God had a purpose in all this, and we are seeing his purpose in all this now," Hamm said.
Assistant Pastor, Reggan Jett said between the church and affiliated school, Elk Valley Christian, the damages added up to about 2 million dollars.
"Every single piece of property we had was either lost or devastated," Jett said.
But, he said people just started showing up to donate their time to cleaning and rebuilding or to donate money.
"ALmost $800,000 in donations from churches across the country, from local from right down the road, from all the way out in Colorado," Jett said.
The day of celebration is called Miracle Sunday.
"It is a modern-day miracle of people coming together and financial gifts coming together, skills coming together, the community coming together," Jett said.
"It's just so wonderful to be back in God's house and seeing what he's done for us after the flood," Hamm said.
Churches who helped Mt. Pleasant throughout the recovery process were invited to share in the celebration.