An Albuquerque church that was nearly destroyed in a fire two years has been newly renovated and is back open to the public.
Parishioners gathered at Joy Light Church of God in Christ for Sunday services.
The church was built in 1952 in Downtown, near Broadway Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue, and served as the hub of the 1950s black civil rights movement in Albuquerque.
Joy Light Church caught fire in January of 2017, and much of the interior was destroyed. Investigators believe the cause of the fire was electrical.
A bishop from the church told the Albuquerque Journal, “Sometimes, what looks like a disaster is really a blessing. Some things would never change unless change forces us to change.”