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Parishioners Arrive to Church Only to Find It Destroyed

<font size="2">The First Baptist Church Highland Park in Little Rock was reduced to ashes Sunday. </font>
LITTLE ROCK, AR - "The whole sanctuary was special," said Pastor Willis Welton Walker who said he thought it was a soft drink that kept him from sleeping Saturday night."

"I was rolling and tumbling because this was going on," he said. "I had no idea about it."

Pastor Walker also shared he did not believe the fire was an accident.

"I was also told the burglary alarm went off at 3:00 a.m.," he said.

"The exact words he said was the church is burned down," said Doris Jackson who, although told the news by her husband, had to see it for herself.

"You come here for healing, strength, to see family and friends," she said. "How could this happen."

Bernice Robinson is also a member, for more than thirty years.

"It makes it more difficult to accept," she said.

The parking lot was a steady stream of parishioners who have to see it to believe it.

"With God in control we can rebuild again," said Robinson.

"I still believe Romans 8:20," said Pastor Walker. "All things work together for those who work together with the Lord."

They're leaning on each other during this trying time.

"I got phone calls from several pastors across the city," he said. "They say whatever we can do we'll be more than glad to do so."
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