Spitzer has been a volunteer firefighter for over 40 years and has been chief of the department in the past. When asked if it is common for Bibles to survive fires, he said he has seen it happen a couple of times. Once, Spitzer witnessed a fire where hymnals burned, but the Bible didn’t. “It’s the Word of God,” he said, “and it can survive a fire. And I think he protects over us while we’re at these things.”
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Elijah said that hearing his Bible had survived was a “touching moment” for him. He shared that the topic of the sermon he had preached in Durham was “he made a believer out of me.”
Times have been difficult for the pastor, who said he is currently facing losing his job, housing, and the sight in his left eye. But he is still trusting God. “God is still good,” said Elijah. “If I have to go to the homeless shelter, I’m going to preach, I’m going to do God’s will, I’m still going to pray.”
Elijah said he is getting his Bible back this week and plans to put it in a glass case in the church.