Hagerman Christian Church pastor says he’s blown away by community support

HAGERMAN, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – On May 20, the Hagerman Christian Center caught fire. According to Pastor Isaac Tellez, however, it is what happened after the fire that is the real story.

“What matters is that we all come together in times like this and we’re all there for each other,” Tellez said.

Pastor Tellez says since the night of the fire he is grateful for all the support. Fire departments from Bliss to Jerome assisted Hagerman in battling the blaze.

Other churches in the area also offered their space for their services, including restaurants that donated food to firefighters.

“I believe this fire has caused all of us to focus on what is important, and what is important is the community. And we all work together and are together,” he said.

In the meantime, they will have their weekly services at American Legion Hall in Hagerman at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

On June 9, they are looking for adult volunteers to help remove debris from the church before they can begin emptying the building.

“Gather everything resembling content, like benches and a sound system and screens in the sanctuary which is sheltered from the fire that we need help to bring all of this. The benches are heavy,” Tellez said.

He expects construction to take over a year.

“And this is the time when God is glorified. His sovereignty telling me “hey, I have everything under control, everything will be fine, trust me. And we have to trust him,” Tellez said.

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