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Lancaster Church Running On Faith After Devastating Storm

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A cross is iluminated. (credit: Getty Images/Johannes Simon)

A cross is iluminated. (credit: Getty Images/Johannes Simon)

LANCASTER (CBSDFW.COM) – A Lancaster church is another victim of Sunday night’s storms. The roof of the Jordan Missionary Baptist Church was ripped off and tossed into a nearby apartment complex.

But while the building was shaken, the faith of the church community remains strong.

Members of Jordan Missionary no longer wonder what the view of their church looks like from heaven. “I was almost in tears when I saw this,” church member Bessie Jackson said of the damage. “Sitting in here now and looking up at the sky… it’s nothing like [it] was Sunday morning.”

Around 3 a.m. Monday severe storms ripped the sanctuary wide open. The roof of the church, located on Dewberry Boulevard, is gone and the steeple is on the sidewalk.

Evidently, the hymn the choir had sung about for more than 40 years came true – the rains came down and the floods came up.

“It rained in the piano. It rained in the organ,” Pastor Sinclair Royal said of the water damage. “Our sound system is gone.”

According to Pastor Royal there is little that can be salvaged. “We’re gonna need some help,” he said.

Despite the devastation the church is counting their blessings. “We’re thankful when it did happen, nobody was in the church,” said Pastor Royal.

“Whatever God do, there is a reason and a purpose,” church member Lois Fantroy said confidently. Fantroy was in the sanctuary Sunday night and was due back at 8 a.m. Monday.

But timing is everything and members say in God’s time their church, too, will rise again. “He is an awesome God. He is a good God,” said church member Melisie Ashley. “We put it in the hands of the Lord and everything gonna be alright.”

Members of Jordan Missionary will meet Wednesday night to discuss their options. If they decide to rebuild, the process is expected to take at least six months.

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