A church pastor in Greenville credits divine invention after he canceled an evening service minutes before a severe storm nearly destroyed the house of worship.
Highland Terrace Baptist Church Pastor Chet Haney looked into his church’s severely-damaged preschool room on Thursday and wondered, “what if?”
“It’s actually my granddaughter’s Sunday school room it’s completely demolished something fell out of the sky and landed on top of it,” said Pastor Haney. “Without hesitation we decided we better tell everybody to stay home. Thank the Lord we did because 25 minutes (later) we didn’t have a church anymore in terms of the building.”
The pastor’s decision to cancel an evening service may have prevented injuries or worse to dozens of members.
It’s where powerful, straight line winds caused the roof to collapse into several rooms including the sanctuary.
Among the losses, a 40-year-old organ and a priceless, autographed Steinway piano that once belonged to Van Cliburn, both soaked from several inches of rain.
“We’re kind of on pins and needles about how damaged they could be,” said Haney.
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SOURCE: 11/21 CBS DFW, J. D. Miles