Lightning Strikes Preacher Who Asked For Sign Bolt Hits Steeple, Travels Through Guest Evangelist's Microphone POSTED: 1:35 p.m. EDT July 3, 2003 UPDATED: 1:45 p.m. EDT July 3, 2003 FOREST, Ohio -- Damage to a church in Forest, Ohio, is estimated at $20,000 after a preacher asked God for a sign. A member of the First Baptist Church said a guest evangelist was preaching repentance and seeking a sign from God when lightning struck the steeple. Ronnie Cheney called the incident "awesome, just awesome!" Cheney said the lightning traveled through the microphone, blew out the sound system and enveloped the preacher, who wasn't hurt. Afterward, services resumed for about 20 minutes until the congregation realized the church was on fire. The building was evacuated. Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.