Bible Baptist Church of Erie holds service in revived sanctuary building that flooded three times

Erie congregation rebuilds sanctuary

Erie, Colo. - The Bible Baptist Church of Erie flooded three times in three days.  "Every inch of our property, every inch of these buildings, and then reconstruction," explained Pastor Jim Duncan.

"People have showed up that I really don't know, but they have just, it's just been amazing," Duncan told 7NEWS' Amanda Kost in September.

Kost returned for Sunday morning service inside the newly renovated church sanctuary.

"Just something about being back in this auditorium this morning," Duncan told the congregation. "It's been two months."

During that time, Duncan said congregation members and complete strangers helped reclaim the church from destruction.

 "At first you couldn't manage it, and yet God gave us the grace, the strength, and the people," said Duncan.

The church did not have flood insurance, but after the original report and live interview aired on 7NEWS, nearly $40-thousand in donations came in. 

"The hand of God has been upon this from the get go," explained Duncan. 

Damaged carpet and drywall were replaced in the sanctuary and new hymnals and Bibles have been ordered.  The kitchen, fireside room, bathrooms and hallways still require repairs.

"This morning I want to speak on conquering and defeating the storms of life,"  Duncan told the congregation. "You don't need to be in despair. You don't need to be disrupted. I mean, storms do disrupt our life, but don't throw in the towel and say, 'Well I quit."

Duncan's message ended with a prayer, "Lord I want to thank you for the storm that we've been through. It has been a blessing. We're not victims.  We're conquerors through Christ."  

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