Olanta congregation faces Easter with church in shambles

| April 24, 2011

OLANTA, SC — Vandals and thieves have “violated” Olanta’s True Faith Pentecostal Church, but fighting to keep them out is a “losing battle,” church deacon Charles Kettering said.

If people had only stolen items from the building while it was dormant after a fire, that would be easier to accept, he said.

“But to be malicious and tear apart and destroy a building that's been a church, I just don’t understand that,” Kettering said.

Since the fire, which started in a fuse box nearly a year and a half ago, the congregation has dropped from around 30 people to nearly 10 and has met at the trailer that Kettering’s mother owns in the Barrineau community, he said.

That’s where they’ll spend Easter Sunday again this year.

“Meeting at someone’s house isn’t the same as meeting in a church,” Kettering said. “You lose some of it. It’s a different feeling altogether.”



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