After witnessing the devastation of seeing their beloved church burn to the ground, members of the New Life Apostolic Church in Medford turned sorrow into excitement as they gathered for Easter services in a temporary worship space.
The excitement came because they are just now putting the finishing touches on a brand new, state of the art church facility. This comes just seven months after the original church was destroyed.
For New Life's Pastor Ron Schuenke, the fact that they are able to rebuild has served as a reminder to his congregation that god will help people see through even the darkest of times.
"God is faithful, god is faithful through all things. Even when it seems dark, even when it seems like weariness overwhelms you god is faithful." Schuenke said.
Church member Jeff Wellsandt left work and rushed to go help on the day of the fire. Now, as he stands with pictures of the new facility behind him, he feels the entire ordeal has helped make the community stronger.
"Sometimes when you think a building could never be destroyed, it shows you how vulnerable you are. When its all done, you look at Job and Job was blessed more at the end than at the beginning. " Wellsandt said.
New Life Apostolic Church is set to move into the new facility by the beginning of May.