Pascagoula church holds prayer service

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - By Patrice Clark – bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) – A Pascagoula church isn't letting a recent loss dampen its spirit.   The Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church held its first worship service Sunday after a fire destroyed the church.

It was lively inside Grand Magnolia Ballroom in Pascagoula Sunday morning. The pastor and members of the Greater Antioch Baptist sang songs of inspiration and sent prayers up to God for having a place to worship.  With all the praise and prayers, it's hard to believe that just three days ago their church on Highway 90 caught fire.

"Fire can destroy a building, but it cannot destroy the spirit we have in God," church member Zella Peters said.

Pastor John W. Davis said his church doors have been open for more than two decades and that's why he knows he has to build back.

"We want to keep our congregation together, so as of now we are taking it day by day," Pastor Davis said.

Pascagoula fire officials said they still don't know what caused the fire that left so much damage on the inside and the outside of the church.  Greater Antioch members admit it is a loss, but their main goal now is to move on from such devastation.

The road to recovery maybe be a long one, but church members said they'll hold on to their faith for help.

"We know what the Lord can do. We have been in times like this before and we know what he can do," Deacon Edwin Quave said.

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