A Catholic Church is Maui was one of the only buildings left unscathed during the deadly wildfires that broke out in August, according to the Christian Post.
The Maria Lanakila Church in Lahaina, Maui, somehow survived with a majority of the surrounding area, including trees on the church’s property, were scorched. “For us, it’s like a miracle,” Rev. Terrance Watanabe, vicar of Maui and Lanai, said of the situation. “When we saw the news and saw the church steeple rise above the town, it was a great sight to see.”
The church was built in 1845, more than a century before Hawaii joined the U.S. as our 50th state. Though the roof sustained some damage, it was far less than other neighboring buildings, which lost everything.
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The Lahaina fire destroyed some 2,170 acres before it was contained. Maui police department estimated at least 99 people were killed during the blaze and three others throughout the island state.
The Harvest Kumulani church was also spared during the blaze. The church is affiliated with Pastor Greg Laurie’s Harvest Christian Fellowship, the origin story of which was chronicled in hit-movie “Jesus Revolution.”
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