WARRENVILLE, SC (WFXG) - A local community is coming together to help a church come back from the ashes. More than a month ago, a massive fire destroyed Glover Grove Baptist Church in Warrenville.
It's the first step to rebuilding, and members of the congregation never imagined they'd be making that first step so soon.
"The Lord is pouring out his blessings through people, and I'm thankful that people are allowing God to use them," Pastor Bobby Jones of Glover Grove Baptist Church said.
Blessings larger than what Jones could ever imagine after the little church on a hill in Warrenville was destroyed in June.
"All this work that they been doing here, thousands of dollars and it's free and it's worth a million dollars the way their hearts are," Jones said.
"It's just remarkable that when people see a need and their willingness to respond," John Lindsay said.
Emails, letters, monetary donations all poured into this church after the fire to help them move forward and continue their ministry.
"It was our goal to reach out to those who are hurting all across the world," Jonathan Belvins of Samaritan's Purse said.
Samaritans Purse, a nonprofit Christian relief organization, travels from North Carolina all across the world to help people dealing with a crisis.
Tuesday, Samaritan's Purse came to Warrenville to begin the process of rebuilding Glover Grove Baptist Church.
"As we love on them, we share with them and have the privilege to bring and the opportunity to bring our equipment out and to work with it," Belvins said. "You see their whole countess change. You could see their attitude change. You begin to see smiles come back on their faces and you hear laughter in their voices and it's a true blessing to us and it's an honor to be able to do it."
More than a month ago, Jones said he had no idea when his church would be back open. But with this much support, it looks like it'll be a lot sooner than he thought.
"I wouldn't even be able to speculate that we would be open next year," Jones said. "But because of the people and their hearts, the doors will swing open."
Churches from around the area will be holding a service at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Aiken. They'll present Jones and Glover Grove Missionary Baptist Church a check to help them rebuild.