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Church Reaches Out To Fire Victims

Church Reaches Out To Fire Victims Click to Enlarge Photo: Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict Facebook Page

Sep 15, 2013 at 7:40 am

When a fire destroyed the Winona Islamic Center this week, officials at the nearby Central Lutheran Church told the Muslim worshippers, "Know that we're here for you."

A Winona Daily News report says members of the Islamic Center were grateful for the gesture.

Center founder Ahmed El-Afandi says the Winona community has revealed its generosity by opening its arms and doors to his members.

The Islamic Center was one of three buildings destroyed by a fire Friday. No one was hurt.

Fire officials say the cause hasn't been determined. There were no immediate signs of arson.

El-Afandi says the fire is a test of faith and a chance to make a new beginning. He says he hopes the tragedy helps strengthen bonds between local Christians, Jews and Muslims.

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