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A couple displaced by Midwest City fires say they will survive 'roadblock'

BY TIM HENLEY Modified: April 13, 2009 at 10:19 am •  Published: April 13, 2009
MIDWEST CITY — Joshua Vineyard and Christina Henson spent Thursday and Friday nights in a hotel. On Saturday, they slept in their four-door Chevrolet Cobalt at a truck stop. Sunday morning, they were in church.

The couple were displaced Thursday night after a fire destroyed the home they were living in.

With no family members to lean on, they decided to lean on God and their religious faith.

"Our faith is all we have right now,” Henson said.

The couple attended First Christian Church at Reno Avenue and S Anderson Road to hear the Rev. Leslie Brown’s sermon. The church building was spared a firestorm that scorched numerous homes and structures within a half-mile.

A few members of the congregation had tears in their eyes while Brown delivered his Easter sermon and discussed the fires.

"God didn’t bring the fire, but he was there to help us search through the ashes of life,” Brown said.

He asked congregation members to pray for those who were affected by the fire, including Vineyard and Henson.

They didn’t lose their own home, but were displaced when the home they staying in was burned. The couple had moved from Corning, Calif., three weeks ago and were staying with friends at a home in Choctaw near Reno Avenue and Henney Road while they searched for a house of their own.

Emergency workers evacuated them from the home Thursday as the fire approached the area.

"We just grabbed some clothes and hygiene products when they were evacuating everybody, and that’s what we have in our car,” Vineyard said. "Everything else is gone.