"It was really hard for us. We took that building from nothing and made it into something and it just rocked," said Sylvester Clark, Pastor of Apostolic Church of Deliverance in Sioux Falls. "God had done so much and so many powerful miracles in that place and we are just devastated about it."
It's been two weeks since a church fire left the congregation of the Apostolic Church of Deliverance without a home. An attic fire at the church on South Duluth caused severe damage to the 100-year-old building. But a nearby church has given the congregation a temporary place to meet.
"Neighboring church next to us opened up his door for us to come and have service so we are so excited for what God is going to do for us," said Clark.
Dennis Lake, Pastor of the nearby First Christian Church, believes that it doesn't really matter where you meet, just as long as you remember one thing.
"The church is in you, so we have to remember that church is inside of us so we take the church everywhere," said Lake. "So we can make a coffee shop his sanctuary."
Lake wanted to do his best to keep the congregation as close to their original building as he could.
"We are half a block apart, so if they can use our facility which is available and stay in the neighborhood where their congregation is then everybody wins," said Lake. "So it was a very simple thought and decision to let them be as close to home and let them use we have for them."
The congregation of Apostolic House of Deliverance is just happy they have somewhere close they can keep meeting. They give credit to their religion for helping them through this hard time.
"Sometimes when you have tragedies like this some people will drift away," said Clark. "But we are praying and we believe in God that we will stay together in unity."