There was a fire Saturday night in one of the homes at Koinonia Farm. The house and all its contents were completely destroyed. Thankfully, the resident of the home, Arthur ‘Bud’ Style, got out of the house safely before it was completely engulfed in flames. Here are the details that I received today in the email alert:

Saturday night just after midnight, we lost one of the farm’s homes to fire. The cause was perhaps electrical, but we have not been given official word yet. The most important news is that Arthur “Bud” Style escaped without injury. Bud has been a part of the Koinonia family for decades. When we got to the house, it was engulfed in flames. What a relief, though, to see Bud standing unharmed outside in his work clothes and slippers. As the volunteer county fire department was calling for back-up, Bud’s greatest concern was that he would not be able to go to church the next morning, since all of his clothes were burning in the house. God continually provides, though, and Bud got some new clothes and was able to go to church!

The house and its contents are a total loss. First on our agenda is to take care of Bud, then we’ll decide what to do about our house. As the news has spread, we appreciate all the offers of help. If you would like to make a secure Online donation, please visit our Web site, www.koinoniapartners.org. If you choose to mail a check, please note in the memo line that it is in response to the fire.

It has been an emotional week for us with the sudden death of our dear brother and friend Millard Fuller and now this fire. We appreciate your continued prayers for Linda, the Fuller children, grandchildren, extended family, friends and the Fuller Center board and staff. And thank you for your prayers for Koinonia. We’re sorry to be sharing more sad news with you. Be assured, though, that Koinonia will carry on.

As our community continues to grow, we’ve been puzzling over what to do about the need for more housing. This fire has brought our housing needs to the forefront. As you are able, thank you for helping us meet Bud’s immediate needs and address a long-term need for additional housing.

I wonder if some of you would be willing to help Koinonia. Let me know you donated and I pledge to match up to a total of $250 by selling some stuff I don’t need.

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Koinonia is a beacon of racial reconciliaton. The farm has nearly 65 years’ worth of history, which includes Clarence Jordan, Cotton Patch Gospels, civil rights movement, local African American history, the birth of Habitat for Humanity and other organizations, involvement in many peace and justice movements, community living, agriculture, and much more!