(WFLA/CNN) – A small community in Wisconsin found hope amid tragedy when they realized their Bible survived a fire that destroyed their church. And according to the pastor, it’s not the first fire that Bible has survived.
Earlier this week, a destructive fire ripped through the Springs United Methodist Church in Plover.
More than 100 people showed up Tuesday to say goodbye to the building. Some nearly broke down into tears when they realized the original church Bible was saved by firefighters.
“The Bible has survived two fires in two different churches,” Pastor Tim O’Brien told WSAW. “We can’t open it anymore, but I think it’s a great testament to our faith that still stands strong.”
Officials with the Plover Fire Department said the Bible was what the congregation wanted to salvage most.
This is the second fire the Bible has survived. It originally survived a fire at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Steven’s Point, a city just a few minutes away from Plover.
“That church in the late 50s on Easter burned. This Bible was saved from the fire,” Pastor O’Brien said. “This Bible was then not taken to the new St. Paul’s. It was taken here. That bible was sitting in a case that was in this building.”
“That’s something. That’s really – talk about a work of God,” he added.