A church in Northwest Dallas, Texas, was one of the buildings destroyed after a tornado tore through the area on Sunday, Oct. 20. However, one thing was left standing giving the community hope, the cross of Jesus.

While Northway Church had its roof torn off and much of the building was destroyed by the tornado, a wooden cross still stood upright, Fox News reported.

“For me and for our church, it’s a symbolic source of encouragement,” Shea Sumlin, the church’s lead pastor, said. “Christ and His cross are what still stands for us.”

The pastor said the cross was made by a member of the church 10 years ago.

“Here an F-3 tornado ripped off our roof … yet here’s this wooden cross, that I have no idea how it didn’t get picked up,” he said. “Even though our building is broken, our body is as whole and alive as we’ve ever been because of the hope of Jesus Christ.”

“The church is not a building, but a people who stand on the confession that Jesus is the Christ, and against which, not even the gates of hell (nor an EF3 Tornado!) will prevail! (Matthew 16),” Sumlin wrote in a Facebook post.

“It’s a beautiful reminder that Christ is still present in the midst of this suffering and chaos,” Sumlin added.

The church hosted a community meal on Wednesday night, Oct. 23, for the area offering thousands of free donated meals to the people affected by the tornado.

Northway and other churches are gathering on Thursday night, Oct. 24, for a community prayer service.

 

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