Ellis County Church Holds Services Despite Tornado Damage

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ELLIS COUNTY, TX -- After Saturday night's tornadoes swept through, all that remains of the sanctuary at Ovilla Church of the Nazarene is one wall painted with a verse from the gospel.

Despite the damage, on the first Sunday after Christmas, services were still held and a sermon was still delivered.

“I can tell you right now, we’re in the midst of it, but I can also tell you right now there is the other side,” Pastor Ron Adams told his congregation. “It’s going to be bigger and it’s going to be better, and you all are going to be a part of it.”

The lobby may have been dark without power, but it was packed with one of the biggest crowds of the year.

“We are worshiping God, we’re not worshiping the building,” Pastor Adams said.

In the neighborhood surrounding the church in Ellis County, many houses were spared completely, others had trees uprooted and fences downed. But, few houses got it worse than Pastor Ron Adams and his wife Cheryl.

“When we came in the roof was gone, but the ceiling was still intact, so we were able to get everything out of the master bedroom,” said Cheryl. “It could have been so much worse so we are very blessed.”

Despite a double dose of bad luck, this family and their flock are appreciating the grace they have been given.

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