Local congregation still has hope, a year after fire destroyed church building

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – A church congregation in Cape Girardeau looks to the future a year after a fire destroyed their place of worship.

“In a time of loss like this, certainly for some people, it can be a time when you question things.”

For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that loss came a year ago when authorities said someone intentionally burned down their church.

But church leader Kevin Dickson says they still have faith.

“We are going to rebuild, we were always looking for potential locations and as that search continues we will know at some point where we will put a new building,” Dickson said.

The church recently moved into this temporary rented facility on King’s North Highway.

“I’m really grateful to have a space that is our space, a space where we can leave things and set them up,” Dickson said.

A few church members say the support from the community has helped them keep going.

“It was wonderful to see all the miracles that happened. People came together, there was more strength in the congregation, lots of support, lots of smiles, happiness,” said Susan Fulton, member .

“I think faith comes through people and my faith in people has not only been restored but strengthened watching the community come together and support us in these difficult times,” said member James Caldwell.

Dickson says they hope to have a new church built within a few years.

“We are just grateful to be here at this time and have been looking forward to this moment. It will give us the opportunity to grow and prepare for this new building,” Dickson said.

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