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Bastrop Pastor and Wife Get Brand-New Home After Wildfire Destroyed Their Church and Home

It's a new beginning for a Bastrop pastor and his wife after their home and church were destroyed in the devastating wildfires last September.

A Bryan church and a congregation from New Hampshire joined forces to build the Vega Family a brand-new home in just a week.

It's a labor for the Lord in Bastrop and it's all for Pastor Mike Vega, his wife Debbie and their congregation at Word of Life Community Church on Highway 21.

He's been doing ministry here for 24 years.

"My church, my home and my daughter's house, daughter used to live right on the church property church homes. We lost three settings here," said Pastor Mike Vega.

The Bastrop Wildfire in September of last year destroyed more than 1,500 homes but left some things like the church's outdoor worship area untouched.

"The fire just went around it as you can see even the trees there we see the fire, the trees have a little bit of burning," said Mike Vega.

After the burning has now come a building blitz and New Englanders talking Texan!

"Yee doggies!" said two of the team members from New Hampshire.

34 people from the Rockingham Church in New Hampshire partnered with First United Methodist Church in Bryan to bless the Vega Family with a brand-new 1,800 square foot home in just a week.

Pastor Steve Murray and his "Granite State" volunteers have been working on every phase of construction, except for the slab which was poured in advance.

"We believe very much that the church is intended to be united and that this is an opportunity for us to bless some folks in another part of the country and to just really be a visible expression of the love of Christ," said Pastor Steve Murray of The Rockingham Church based in Plaistow, NH.

Thanks to the efforts of a lot of people this house is being built at a cost of only about $30,000.

"Next year our plan is to come back and build his church where it was before," said Gregg Barfield, the project coordinator and a member of First United Methodist Church in Bryan.

For Debbie Vega, it's still hard to believe they'll soon be moving out of the FEMA trailer they've called home since December.

"It's been awesome seeing people come together from another state you know to come and work on my house. You know who am I that they're doing this for? It's been great," said Pastor Debbie Vega, Mike's wife.

"We're all together but God was able to bring us together," Mike Vega added.

Building by their faith to bring hope out of the acres of ashes.

The Word of Life Community Church currently meets on Sundays at 10 A.M. at the Bluebonnet Electric Headquarters about a mile from their destroyed church site on Highway 21 in Bastrop.

The Vega Family did not have insurance.


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