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Lafayette church never lost their faith after 2014 fire

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Sunday at Sunnyside Baptist Church in Lafayette, a celebration took place. 

“We just want to thank God today for what he's done for us,” said Randy Avans, Pastor.

Members gave thanks for the progress made on their church building since it was intentionally burned last year.

According to the Walker County Sheriff's Office, 20-year-old Brandon Harris wrecked a stolen vehicle then broke into Sunnyside Baptist Church, and set multiple fires back in October of 2014.

The church sustained smoke, fire, and water damage. The congregation was forced to hold worship services in an abandoned building.

“It was a little inconvenience, but yet we went on with our services,” said Avans.

They say it's God's grace that got them through the turmoil. And they thank those who made it possible to rebuild.

“I just thank all the hard working people, for our contractors,” said Avans.

Sunnyside did have insurance, which helped the church rebuild.

Sunday, the congregation also recognized Rev. John Paul Parker, who has led services at several churches in Walker County for 66 years.

They say he's made several contributions to the faith community, and for that they are thankful.

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