Overwhelming Support Pledged to the Durban Christian Centre.
It is only once we experience a tragedy that we truly realise the power of unity, support and kinship. On Tuesday night a massive explosion ripped through the Durban Christian Centre in Mayville, Durban. City Fire received a call at 17h39 on Tuesday, 7 June 2016, and immediately dispatched four fire engines and a turntable ladder.
Emergency services say the main auditorium of the church was fully engulfed in the blaze when firefighters began putting out the flames. Firefighters and emergency services responded to the explosion and bravely battled the blaze which engulfed the multi-million rand centre.
— CICA – Crime Intel (@CICArsa) June 7, 2016
This was the message that was posted by Founders Dr Fred & Nellie Roberts and Senior Pastors John & Joy Torrens:
Despite the devastation of watching the Jesus Dome auditorium burn down on Tuesday night, we have been overwhelmed by the love and kindness from the people of Durban and the hundreds of messages from South African and international pastors and friends.
We stand united in our faith to rise triumphantly from the ashes and see the Jesus Dome rebuilt.
Our Christian faith teaches us that all things are possible and no matter how tough the obstacles we shall overcome them.
We thank God that no one was injured in the fire and the prayers and concern of so many people has been a heart-warming experience amidst the tragedy. This Sunday we will be singing our praises at the Kings Park stadium, who have kindly loaned us the stadium for our morning service. Come and join us this Sunday morning at 9 am.
From Sunday June 19 we will be having services every Sunday at the Jesus Dome premises at 8am and 10.30 in a tent that will pitched in the car park. Please join as we stand united to see the Jesus Dome rebuilt.
— IOL News (@IOL) June 8, 2016
People from different faiths prayed and offered support to the congregation. We received this amazing comment on our I Love Durban Facebook Page:
The city has also pledged their support to the church and a city delegation, led by eThekwini Acting Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala, met with senior pastors of the Durban Christian Centre yesterday, 8 June 2016 to offer their sympathies and support after a fire gutted the church building.
The visit was welcomed by Senior Pastor John Torrens who thanked Shabalala and the committee for making the time to come to the church site and offer their support in person.
The fire has affected the community as scores of church members stood outside the gutted building, in Buro Crescent, Mayville staring at the remains in disbelief.
While the roof of the main auditorium collapsed, some offices and other structures in the vicinity were not engulfed by the raging flames. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Shabalala said they had come as City leaders to offer support during this difficult time. This included the use of City Hall auditorium or the Durban Exhibition Centre to the church to host their Sunday service.
“Thank you for coming and taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with us. We really appreciate it. We are here to serve the City of Durban just as you are,” said Torrens.
He said the last staff members left at 4h30pm on Tuesday afternoon before the fire started. “We thank God that no one was hurt. We also have to thank the authorities including the Fire Department and the Police who were on the scene and worked tirelessly. We are devastated and shocked at what has happened. But church is not about a building, it is about people and we will come back from this bigger and stronger,” he told the delegation.
Torrens said foul play was not suspected. “We have no reason to believe this. The site is a crime scene at the moment with a forensic team on site investigating.”
He prayed with the Executive Committee after the brief visit and thanked each member again for the visit.