burning_church-596x283It was a terrifying time in East Texas when 10 churches were torched and burned to the ground between January and February 2010, leaving an entire community horrified and in shambles, as residents struggled to pick up the pieces. The real heart of the story, though, isn’t the destruction and the intense pain that unfolded, rather it’s the heartfelt forgiveness that was freely showered upon the young perpetrators, Jason Bourque and Daniel McAllister, as many of the afflicted pushed their anger and anguish to the side. Consider 2011 court testimony from Pastor David Martin of Pinebrook Baptist Church, one of the 10 churches that was damaged by the arsonists, who were given multiple life sentences for their actions. More