August 8, 2014
By Julie Parr
While it’s been almost six years since Tony Alamo went from self-proclaimed prophet to prisoner, the church that he set up in Fouke, Arkansas still bears his name.
However, that’s all about to change.
A non-denominational church has acquired the main church building and has big plans to celebrate.
“I’m believing that when we take down the sign, it’s going to be a huge deal,” said Jonathan Stanley, Sanctuary of Hope Church Pastor.
The Sanctuary of Hope Church has been renting a small building in town for about a year.
Even though, the Alamo followers’ gutted the building before they left, Stanley says the Alamo property is an answer to prayer.
“We’re going to need ceiling tiles and there’s electrical work to be done. They took all the heat and air units. There’s alot to be done, but God honors big dreams,” explained Stanley.
Tony Alamo set up his compound in the 1990’s.
He’s currently serving a 175-year prison sentence for taking young girls across state lines for sex.
Fouke resident Judy Fraiser has a vivid memory of when the FBI first arrested Alamo.
“For that place to be raided and those kids to be taken out of there was a huge positive for this community,” said Fraiser.
She says the individual that bought the building donated it to the Sanctuary of Hope Church.
“We don’t have a dime in that property. God gave us that property,” said Fraiser.
While the community agrees that the buildings were a place of horrific crimes, Fraiser says Alamo is gone and they’re ready to move forward.
“God is going to take what the devil intended for evil and he’s going to turn it to good. He’s already doing that,” said Fraiser.
The Sanctuary of Hope Church is planning an event to tear down the Alamo signs on Saturday, September 13th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The public is invited to attend.