Church praying it gets water turned back on in time for baptisms

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MARTIN CITY, Mo. – A church in Martin City is praying for a miracle. It hasn't had running water since last week. The city shut it off after a pipe leak, but won't pay to get it fixed.

The city says this pipe leak isn't its territory, but this is a small congregation that can't afford a plumber. This all started last summer when the city came out to fix a pipe near the Anointed House of Glory. A pipe connected to the repaired pipe recently started leaking, so the city shut off the water.

However, because that pipe isn't on city property, the church has to foot the bill for repair. The water won't be turned on until that's done. With baptisms planned on Sunday, the pastor doesn't know what to do.

“We're a small congregation. We can't afford a plumber. We can't afford to break up the street to go down in five-foot depth to fix a pipe. We can't afford that,” said Pastor Darwin Neal.

The church says cancelling the baptisms will be a last resort, and says they will bring in buckets of water before they'd cancel that celebration.

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