A congregation in Florida that watched as their church burned to the ground has not let this tragedy stop them from worshipping.
On August 22, as congregants of the Center Arena Church in Florida were gathered for Bible study, the building caught fire.
In a live video posted on Facebook, Pastor Rich Vera shows flames pouring out of the roof of the building. Within minutes, the fire had spread, eventually causing the roof to collapse.
According to CBN news, everyone who was in the church was able to escape without injury.
Instead of letting the fire destroy what they had created, the congregation began meeting in the church parking lot to praise and worship God. Since then, they have found a temporary spot in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida.
"We are ready to release a message of hope that the building is down, but we are not down," Vera said in an interview with WKMG-TV.
The church has also set up a GoFundMe page to help with expenses as they work to rebuild the church.
"Our employees cannot work, our youth cannot meet, our community cannot be reached. All equipment - including our television equipment we use to reach people worldwide - is gone," said pastor Vera on the GoFundMe page. "The Center Arena will rebuild, and we ask for the help of the global community that we reach to donate so we can rebuild better, quicker, and turn what was meant for evil into good."
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.