BLUE RIVER, Ore. -- Hundreds of structures were destroyed in the Holiday Farm Fire, including the Living Water Family Fellowship, but that's not keeping the community from coming together each Sunday to pray and heal.
The church has about 50 members, and almost all of them have been affected in some way by the fire, but luckily all of them escaped the flames safely.
Michael Miller has been a member of the church for about five years. He only had minutes to leave his home and evacuate, but not before helping his friend and mother evacuate.
"By the time we got on the highway, flames were a hundred feet on both sides and burning trees, and I wasn't willing to drive it with her. So I made a U-turn and I drove to church," Miller said.
From there he watched the church, which stood for over 40 years, go up in flames.
"I pulled into the church parking lot and I prayed and prayed," Miller said.
It may be another year before church members start to rebuild, but they are hoping the new building will be able to serve even more people in the rural community.
"There has been a dream for that church in that community long before I come along, so we are believing God is going to help us rebuild something that will be helpful for the community, something the high school can use," said Pastor Doug Farrington.
For now the church is holding services at New Life Church in Springfield, where this rural community can heal together, grateful they have each other.
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