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HANAMAULU, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -
It's a continuing test of faith for one Kauai congregation.
Six weeks ago, New Beginning Christian Center lost everything in a building fire. Bible teachings say you don't have a testimony without a test - and that's what they are discovering at New Beginning. We talked to Pastor Davone Florence to find out the latest.
He says the last month and a half has been challenging but not as hard as he thought it would be because of the outpouring from Kauai residents and other churches.
The 30 parishioners of this Hanamaulu ministry have been using facilities at Kauai Breath of Life church in Lihue for the time being, but to accommodate both congregations, New Beginning's morning service had to move to mid-afternoon.
They still don't know what caused the December 18th fire, but it was a total loss and everything needs to be replaced.
Pastor Florence says, "Bibles, microwaves, television, DVD player, you name it. We lost computers, file cabinet. We lost everything … It's been challenging, but we don't get discouraged. We just get determined to continue to do what God called us to do."
The pastor says they lost all of their musical equipment, too. Most importantly, they're looking for a new place to call home and hold services.
Think you can help? You can send tax-deductible, monetary donations and other goods to: NEW BEGINNING CHRISTIAN CENTER OF KAUAI. PO Box 412 Hanamaulu, HI 96715.