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South Side’s Prayer Warriors Baptist Church needs a miracle as it faces foreclosure

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A beloved church on the town’s South Side is in want of some divine intervention.

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As CBS 2’s Steven Graves reported Wednesday, the pastor of the Prayer Warriors Baptist Church believes it has a larger calling – regardless of having to shut its doorways.



Pastor Sadie Cook’s divine mission for Chicago’s South Side dates again a long time.

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“I’ve had many sleepless nights over this ministry,” she stated.

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Prayer Warriors Baptist Church began at 53rd Street and Union Avenue in Back of the Yards. It moved when Cook took over after her husband died.

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“It’s been very difficult,” Cook stated.


The church then moved to 102nd and Wallace streets in Fernwood.


“We were flourishing then – wonderful times,” Cook stated.

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But Cook stated a fireplace destroyed that constructing in 2005. And now, as an alternative of celebrating 50 years of ministry, the present location in West Pullman at a hundred and twentieth Street and Normal Avenue is below foreclosure.


A prolonged authorized battle ended final month with a judgement – siding with Marquette Bank to take the property. Cook stated she was granted an extension to repay debt till this previous Tuesday however did not make it.


“It’s just a sad situation to end up after all of these years in this place,” Cook stated.


Financial troubles got here when the once-bustling congregation dwindled to what it is now – about a dozen robust. COVID-19 made issues worse.


But Cook, 77, doesn’t see this as the ultimate chapter.


“This community needs help,” she stated.


We met the pastor earlier this week when her neighboring small church buildings had been burglarized. She realized that crime has already pushed out not less than one different congregation.


“We’re all hanging on by a thread,” Cook stated, “and this could be beaming light. We could have literacy programs for the adults; math and reading; tutoring.”


But it could be a true miracle to maintain that prayer alive. More than $100,000 that needs to be paid. The constructing might additionally use some TLC.


“Roofers, plaster,” Cook stated.


The church is hoping for prayer warriors greater than ever now – and divine intervention – so it can stick with it a mission that’s not executed simply but.


Marquette Bank tells Steven it can not touch upon particular instances, however guarantees to work with prospects in conditions like this.


The church has arrange fundraisers on GoFundMe and Tithe.ly.




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