STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Church damaged in Holiday Farm Fire will be rebuilt

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.

Posted: Oct 1, 2020 7:02 PM
Updated: Oct 2, 2020 3:47 AM

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. 

If you would like to help the church, click here. 

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 156673

Reported Deaths: 2284
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah31987550
Washington21345216
Marion18579287
Clackamas13449190
Lane10343129
Jackson8525116
Umatilla769682
Deschutes600163
Yamhill379669
Linn360957
Malheur335458
Polk307744
Klamath280555
Douglas255055
Josephine238755
Benton235617
Jefferson197630
Coos154521
Union130319
Columbia127721
Wasco122126
Lincoln113720
Hood River107029
Morrow105014
Crook78018
Clatsop7786
Baker6669
Curry4316
Tillamook4222
Lake3826
Harney2776
Grant2271
Wallowa1435
Gilliam541
Sherman530
Wheeler221
Unassigned00
Eugene
Cloudy
46° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 40°
Corvallis
Cloudy
45° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 40°
Roseburg
Cloudy
44° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 44°
North Bend
Cloudy
45° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 39°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events