Now that a suspect is in custody for the three church fires in St. Landry Parish, the congregations are moving forward.
All three churches are insured, but that doesn’t begin to cover the cost of what was lost. As they work to rebuild they have a fundraising goal of $1.8 million and the donations are starting to pour in.
“It shows that the church is not only fire proof, but it’s also faith proof.”
That’s how Pastor Mason Jack with the 7th District Baptist Association would describe the support they’re receiving after three devastating church fires.
“In all three churches the fire destroyed pews it destroyed bibles, hymnals choir robes sermons computers, kitchens you name it,” says Jack.
Now a GoFundMe is set up and donations are coming from all over the country. Even Hilary Clinton tweeted out the donation link.
“To get calls from New York, and across the country and to show love for our sister churches means a whole lot to us.”
Jerry Vascocu is the market president for Iberia Bank Acadiana. He says, “Some bad things happened to some really good people and we know we can make a difference and a positive impact.”
They donated $6,000 and hope it inspires others to give what they can.
Vascocu says, “I look at the friendships that came together Bob Giles taking the lead to gather the business community in this. For us to be a part of that with other business leaders really feels like something we can do to help those that are affected.”
Pastor Jack mentions the association is also focusing on healing and forgiveness during this time.
To help them reach their fundraising goal you can send a check or money order to Seventh District Baptist Association, PO Box 3921 Lafayete, LA 70502 or click here.
Check and money orders should be made payable to Seventh District Baptist Association.