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Oklahoma church building damaged by tornado


News 9 in Oklahoma City reported that the Westside Church of Christ in Norman, Okla., suffered a heavy toll when a tornado struck Friday:

Church member Greg Giltner says God got their attention Friday
“The wind took the door outta my hand and threw me into the building. I grabbed two people and we ran down and took cover,” said Giltner.
And then realized they were left uncovered when the roof above the kitchen was torn off.
“We got a little bit separated about 4 o’clock, but thank goodness no injuries to us or anyone in the building. It’s just damage that can be replaced,” said Giltner.

Read the full report.

Westside minister Phillip Johnson provided more details in response to a query from The Christian Chronicle:

At the current time, we have taken care of most everything to the extent we are able. We don’t have any needs at this time that I am aware of. We had a great response from the members of our congregation.

The majority of the damage was to our multipurpose facility. A portion of the roof was torn off. As a result of this we sustained water damage in that part of our building. We also had some roof damage in the foyer area of the building. We are currently waiting to meet with the insurance adjustor so that we can start the rebuilding process. We also need to meet with a structural engineer to make sure that area of the building is still safe.

Our auditorium did not sustain any damage, which was a tremendous blessing. We were able to have our regular worship services on Sunday.

  • Feedback
    Thank God that no lives were lost. Westside congregation is a loving family. I pray that such should not happened to them again.
    Chinedum Nwankwo
    April, 19 2012

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