KENNETT, Mo. (KAIT) - Two pastors in the Missouri Bootheel, who had not spoken to each other until last December, now share an unbreakable bond.
“It’s just amazing how God can touch each other,” Elder Carl Roland said.
Roland and Pastor Charles James did not know each other, but an accident in December would bring the two together.
James said he had been a pastor for 51 years when he decided to retire.
Around the same time, Roland lost his church on 1st Street in Kennett after another vehicle ran into it.
“We got hit by a car one time and the Lord blessed us and they fixed it and we stayed there,” Roland said. “Well, we got hit again. This time, there was too much damage done.”
Needing a place to worship, Roland began to pray.
“Believing the Lord would provide another place for us to worship,” Roland said.
He called James and asked if he was planning to retire and if so, would his church close down. Roland had the idea to buy the building.
“They were thinking about doing that, but there were a couple more people that made that decision,” Roland said.
James gave Roland the numbers of the deacons of his church and Roland gave them a call.
He learned that the church was having its last Bible study and invited Roland to meet with its members.
They welcomed him and escorted him around the building. They then asked Roland if he wanted to know the price.
“I said, ‘Well, yeah we need to know the price to see what we are going to do,‘” Roland said. “He said, ‘Well, the price is free.‘”
James’s congregation gave Roland and his Trinity Worship Center a free fully-furnished church.
“They got a kitchen down through there for them to have fellowship, two classrooms, baptistry, two dressing rooms. They got everything they need there,” James said.
Roland said he was floored, adding it is a lesson for everyone.
With everything going on in the world, both men said this shows we are all one and we all can come together.
“I want people to know that God is a God of one human race,” Roland said. “And we all know God’s people and God’s creation.”
“Even amidst all the evil, race, and all that in the country, He is still a wonderful God,” James added.
And while James no longer pastors full-time, he has led Roland’s congregation in worship from time to time.