Church getting donations after fire

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--The church known for giving hand-outs is now getting a helping hand themselves.

Crumbled sheet rock and shards of wood litter the floor of the Universal Church of Deliverance.

It looks like someone took a sledge hammer to the wall.

Electrical wires are exposed and the wood is black from the heat.

Bishop Allan Butler says, "We have to do some boarding up."

Members of this 18 year old church are staying strong.

Ann Smith says, "We stand together as a body of Christ and we'll pull together and things will be fine and work out."

Allan Butler says, "This is a check from Lake ridge Rentals."

Bishop Butler holds a check for 250 dollars donated to help rebuild the sanctuary.

Others have called to donate.

Allan Butler says, "They are wanting to know how they can help by keeping concerts and different things."

Meanwhile, They're getting a smaller room ready for services Friday night.

Bishop Butler says, "We usually prepare spaghetti and we'll do it this Friday."

They usually hand out clothes too, but the water ruined some of them.
The support is keeping their faith alive.

Allan Butler says, "I believe 99 percent believe we should love our neighbor as ourselves. The community life in the churches is alive and well."


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