In November 2012, Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church (Brewster, Massachusetts) was burned through an act of arson. Though the congregation had no building, they continued to worship in school buildings and hold Bible studies in homes. The church has since been rebuilt, through the generosity of its members, and the first service in the new building was held July 3, 2016.
Not only did the congregation pitch in, but the arsonist, Adam Finnegan, helped rebuild the church as well. Throughout his time in prison, many of the members of the church prayed for him to overcome his drug problems and be rehabilitated. Adam believes that their prayers helped him to escape his destructive patterns, though he does not believe in God.
Though they lost their church, this congregation has allowed this circumstance to be used by God as a tool for reconciliation. As the pastor of the church, Myron Heckman, said, “Reconciliation is a much better way to live than our alienation.”
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