Natural gas might have triggered the explosion that shook the neighborhood of East Harlem last week. But through every circumstance the Lord always has a way of offering us His hope.
On day three of an exhausting recovery effort, firefighters pulled a large waterlogged Bible from the rubble of a three-story building. It belonged to a Spanish Christian Church, where members worshiped in the basement and first floor of one of the two destroyed buildings.
"One of our members found a Bible, the original book they tell me of the founders of the church," Fire Commissioner Cassano said. "It was singed, but it meant an awful lot to the pastor because at least we have a remnant of the church. It showed the pastor they'll be rebuilding. This church is resilient."
The church's 83-year-old pastor, Rev. Thomas Perez pastor was presented the Spanish Bible by a firefighter, “He was overwhelmed with emotion, for sure," the fire commissioner said. "It's a very sacred thing for him." Gratitude to the Lord was surely one of the emotions that Rev. Perez felt.
"It was the altar Bible," fellow Pastor Rev. Williams said. “ It was intact, with a little water damage."
The small evangelical church and Bethel Gospel Assembly lost five members in the explosion. Rev. Perez also experience chest pains while at a vigil and praying for the neighborhood. He is recovering. He and the neighborhood surely could use our prayers.
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Psalms 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."