A devastating early morning fire at the international corporate office of TWR damaged the ministry’s facilities in Cary, North Carolina, just days before Christmas.
At around 6:30 a.m. on December 22, local firefighters responded to the blaze that started on the loading dock of TWR’s office building and quickly extinguished it.
According to TWR, no one was injured, and nobody was occupying the building at the time. Damage was mostly contained to the loading dock and adjacent area, with “significant” smoke damage throughout much of the building.
“The loading dock, workshop areas, mail distribution, and related work areas are ruined,” the ministry reported. “Upstairs, our Spanish group and TWR Women of Hope areas are blocked off entirely — this part of the building is structurally unsound and completely unsafe.”
The cause of the fire is not yet known, but a criminal investigation is underway, as is the building restoration process.
Meanwhile, the staff is maintaining operations in temporary quarters. TWR offices is hoping to reopen its main office for normal business in late January or February.
“Could I ask you to continue to pray for stamina, and begin to pray for our staff because they’re working under very closed circumstances in Cary,” said TWR President Lauren Libby in a video update to friends and supporters on December 27.
While TWR is covered by its insurance policy, the ministry reports that to restore its facilities will require it to satisfy its high deductible, cover expenses not included in its policy, and pay a number of other unexpected expenses. The ministry therefore anticipates its out-of-pocket expenses to be more than $100,000.
To offer financial support, call 1-800-456-7TWR or visit twr.org.
To support the ministry in prayer, consider the following praise and prayer requests from TWR:
“Pray that God will guide us through the many logistical issues,” the ministry concluded. “Pray that many will be inspired along with you to give generously. Most importantly, pray that TWR will not miss a beat in sharing Good News with millions worldwide!”
By NRB Staff
Published: January 4, 2018