It has been more than six months after the tragic night of October 24, 2015, when fire in the neighbor's territory damaged the building of the Bible Way Church. All the Churches came together to help. Pastor Anatoly spent two months traveling across the USA. Many churches have responded to the disaster in Lithuania. Through all this support, reconstruction work is being kept. So much has been done. The main hall was restored by the time of the youth conference which took place in late April. Although there was still a lot to do, the church meetings moved into the main hall and the Church was able to come together again.
To begin with, Bible Way Church is very grateful to everyone who has contributed to restoring the church building. Without your helping hand and your contributions it wouldn‘t just have been possible to accomplish what we have accomplished for the last 4 months. There is still a lot to be done, but the progress that has been made is obvious. The church has agreed to put every effort to make it possible to hold the annual Baltic youth conference in April, 15- 17, 2016. We trust that God will help us to achieve this aim.
At Christmas, it will be exactly two months after the fire. Much has been done during this time. The Lord has miraculously given us the necessary finances to keep the work up. Different churches, friends, strangers and relatives - all donated from their hearts.
Two weeks have passed after October, 24, a day which changed the life of Bible Way church. At the moment the church community has services in 3 places: in the basement of the damaged church building, in the district of Nauja Vilnia and in the town of Lentvaris. The misfortune united people even more. The church members pray and discuss why God allowed this disater to strike us, what God is trying to say through all these cirumstances. We tend to believe that nothing happens without a reason.
In the early hours of the morning on Saturday, October 24, the marketplace, which was near the Bible Way church, caught fire. Since all of the market structures were made of wood and the roof was made of plastic, the fire spread extremely quickly. There were even several explosions, probably because of gas-cylinders kept in one of the booths. The fire was so high that it damaged our building. The roof caught fire, the windows split, the insulation blocks got distorted due to the high temperature and came off the wall. The fire brigade tried to extinguish the flames for about 6 hours. Despite the situation being dangerous, our brothers got into the building and took out whatever was possible from the main church hall - the sound equipment, chairs, documentation and literature.