Donna Church badly damaged after the storm

DONNA, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The Lord’s Christian Center is still picking up the pieces after this week’s inclement weather. The church suffered major damage early Tuesday morning after high winds and rain completely collapsed the roof.

Shelia Maldonado is an engineer for the church and was spending the night with her daughter to prepare for services the next morning. Around 2 a.m., Maldonado heard a sound she will never forget.

“We heard a loud noise that we thought was thunder,” Maldonado said. “And all of a sudden, we heard another one.”

Maldonado and her daughter quickly entered the main church auditorium and were unprepared for what they saw next.

“She walks in and she turns on the light and we see her and we were just there shocked,” Maldonado said.

Seeing their beloved church in ruins was difficult for the congregation. Now the church is awaiting an inspection from the town of Donna to find out if the building can be saved.

“It’s a bit difficult, we don’t want to hear those words,” Pastor Yadira Martinez said. “But we are not going to stop our reconstruction plans.”

In addition to the damaged building, the church also lost $50,000 in equipment. But despite the major setback, Martinez tells ValleyCentral she’s just glad no one was hurt.

“If we had it on Sunday, we have a lot of people here on Sunday and maybe worse things could have happened,” Martinez said. Thank God there was no one inside, that’s one of the things we praise God for.

As this fellowship of churches plans for the future, it still holds out hope.

“I know God has a plan and I know everything happens for a reason, but that’s why we’re happy to hold on to our joy,” Martinez said.

So far, the church has raised around $5,000 in donations to help repair some of the damage. To donate, you can contact the church at 956-461 0476

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