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Logania church rebuilding after fire

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Prayers have been answered for a congregation in Perry County. They are celebrating a new church after the old one burned to the ground.

Logania Church of God in Wheatfield Township was one of the oldest churches around, built in 1890.

"Well I've been coming to church here ever since I was born, and that was 74 years ago," said Alice Potter.

On April 24, 2013, a big fire destroyed the little church.

"I was just devastated. It's just unbelievable," Potter said.

The building was a total loss except for three things.

"We saved the bell. It was broken. Not the bell itself, just the framework. The communion set. And the cross that was on the end of the church," Potter said.

That cross will go inside the new church building behind the pulpit. The past year has not been easy for the small congregation of 30, but their big faith has sustained them.

"'Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.' That's what we did. When it happened we just committed to rebuild, and He provided the builders and the finances," said Pastor Mike Witmer.

"We never realized how much this little church meant to so many people. In fact I just got a contribution just the other day from a man in Florida. His mother. Well he's a 68-year-old man. His mother came here when she was young," Potter said.

With their prayers for a new church answered, the only thing left to do now is wait.

"We're excited to move in. We can't get in there fast enough," said Potter.

Workers said construction should be done in June.

There is still no official cause of the fire, but authorities think it may have started in the kitchen.

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