'Be praying for us’: Conway area church works to rebuild following massive fire

Published: Feb. 10, 2020 at 9:16 PM EST
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Crews responded to a fire at a Conway area church early Monday morning.

Just after midnight, a call came out for a fire at Abundant Harvest Family Fellowship Church on Rose Moss Road, according to Horry County Fire Rescue.

Officials said one building behind the sanctuary was destroyed. The back of the sanctuary and at least one nearby outbuilding were also damaged.

Pastor David Barr said he first arrived at the church around 4 a.m. Monday after he was notified of the fire. He and his wife returned that afternoon to assess the damage.

“Devastated... unbelievable... but I’ve got to believe all things are working together for the good for those who love the Lord,” Barr said.

Barr said they’ve had the church since 2008. The building was used as a classroom.

“I refuse to believe that this will do anything but energize us," Barr said. “It’s not going to beat us down.”

He said he’s relying on none-other-than his faith to get them through.

“Right now I just feel the presence of God in midst of this atrocity so I know that God is able... be praying for us,” Barr said.

No injuries were reported.

The Conway Fire Department also responded to the scene.

A better view now of the damage caused by an early morning fire here at the Abundant Harvest Family Fellowship Church in Conway. No one was hurt. The fire is under investigation. WMBF News

Posted by Nia Watson WMBF on Monday, February 10, 2020

Because the fire happened at a place of worship, standard protocol calls for agents with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to assist in the investigation.

The church has set up a GoFundMe to help with recovery.

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