Dallas, USA– A Dallas church had its roof ripped off and much of the building was destroyed after a tornado swept through the area on Sunday, but the cross remained, a symbol of hope for the community amid the loss. Shea Sumlin, the senior pastor of Northway Church in northwest Dallas, posted a photo of the miraculous cross still upright and the image quickly went viral.
For me and our church, it’s a symbolic source of encouragement. Christ and his cross is what still represents us, Sumlin told Fox News.
The pastor said the cross was made by a member when they launched the campus 10 years ago. «Here an F-3 tornado ripped off our roof … but here’s this wooden cross, which I have no idea how it wasn’t lifted,» she said. Even though our building is broken, our bodies are as full and alive as we have been for the hope of Jesus Christ.» The pastor of Northway says that it is a reminder of Matthew 16 in the Bible, when Jesus tells Peter and other disciples that his church will be built on a rock that even hell cannot destroy it.
It is a beautiful reminder that Christ is still present in the midst of this suffering and chaos, Sumlin added.
On Wednesday night, the church will host a community meal for the entire Northwest Dallas area with thousands of free meals donated by food vendors. Then, on Thursday night, they will organize a prayer service at another church, the first time they’ve been together since Sunday’s tornado swept through the community. And on Sunday another church, Watermark Community Church, has offered its building so that Northway can host the 5 p.m. service.» Our approach as a church, we have a good insurance, our church building will be rebuilt, which allowed all our efforts to rebuild the community, both in the members and in the people who have no connection with us … It just helps clean up the community,» Sumlin said.» Serve all who were harmed.»