Here is a close encounter for you. The scene: A Saugus church. The plan: Blast a hill of rock out back. And pray it all works out.
As you can see in this video posted to YouTube, congregants came just inches from having to pony up a bit more in the collection plate to pay for a new wall.
According to WHDH, the 10-foot rock rolled out from under the blasting mats, went over a handicap ramp, and stopped just a foot from Grace Ministries Church.
Pastor Rick LeClair told WCVB that if the 20-ton boulder went another 12 inches it would have gone right through building.
"We were standing across the street saying, 'Uh-oh. There it goes,'" LeClair told WCVB. "I was thinking the church was going to get wrecked, but I had this peace about me where it really wasn't going to get wrecked. And it didn't. The Lord just kinda said, 'That's enough.'"
A construction crew was clearing the land to build a charter school, according to WHDH.
The Main Street church’s food pantry services thousands of people in need. “It probably would have closed us down,” LeClair told WCVB, “but it didn’t.”Follow Robert Burgess on Twitter @bobb2001