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Midway Baptist Church damaged by lightning

Burnt pictures, ceiling tiles, and ashes littered the sanctuary. (Source: WALB) Burnt pictures, ceiling tiles, and ashes littered the sanctuary. (Source: WALB)
One of the most obvious signs of damage to the church was the steeple. (Source: WALB) One of the most obvious signs of damage to the church was the steeple. (Source: WALB)
The church's last service was Wednesday, just one day before the strike. (Source: WALB) The church's last service was Wednesday, just one day before the strike. (Source: WALB)
The fire caused $150,000 in damage. (Source: WALB) The fire caused $150,000 in damage. (Source: WALB)
Pastor Nathan Fowler (Source: WALB) Pastor Nathan Fowler (Source: WALB)
THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) -

An act of nature left some church members in Thomas County without a place to worship. 

Lightning struck Midway Baptist Church Thursday night.

The missing steeple is the most obvious sign of damage at Midway, but that damage is bringing members together. 

"The first thing you begin to think of is what do we do now, where do we meet, where do we worship? Hold everybody together," said Pastor Nathan Fowler.

The church's last service was Wednesday, just one day before the strike. 

"Rainy night with lightning and thunder everywhere," explained Fowler. "We had 160 people in here and my thought was what if it would have happened that night."

Burnt pictures, ceiling tiles, and ashes littered the sanctuary. 

"On an afternoon when it seems harmless, one bolt of lightning changes 50 families for probably the rest of the year," said Fowler.

The fire caused $150,000 in damage. Church leaders hope to have it fixed by the end of the year. 

"Yeah it's a building, it's not who we are but it is where we meet," explained Fowler. 

The church wants to say thank you to the driver who saw the fire and stopped to call 911.

They said if it not for her call, they might not have a building there at all. 

The church will hold services at Willis Jamerson Braswell funeral home in Pelham for the time being. 

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