It was just several days ago that members of a Wichita church opened its doors to a mess. Vandals destroyed rooms, instruments, and furniture inside. It did not, however, destroy their faith.
It was business as usual at Gloryland Missionary Baptist Church. Dozens of members attended Sunday service to show unity and thank God for helping them through.
Loss is now a blessing at Gloryland Missionary Baptist Church.
“It felt good, and I was glad to see that everybody came out,” said Ora Hayes, Gloryland Missionary Baptist Church.
“When you worship together, God will hear the prayers, where there is unity, there is strength,” said Pastor Virgil French, Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church.
Members say this week’s vandalism to their church was not going to stop their Sunday service. Instead, it empowered them even more in song and prayer.
“God blessed us, blessed my mind, lifted my spirits, I knew we were going to go on I had not doubt about that,” said Pastor Dewitt Hayes, Gloryland Missionary Baptist Church.
“When we struggling, boy we got no problem praying,” said Pastor French.
In days since, strangers and other congregations have reached out to Gloryland, offering donations and their time to help clean. Church members listened to some of their powerful messages Sunday.
“God loves you, he cares about what you’re going through and he’ll be with you,” said one letter.
“We hope our small donation will help,” said another letter.
Members say although the destruction to this special place is hurtful, they will never let it get them down.
“The joy that we have, the world didn’t give it to us, and certainly, the world can’t take it away,” said Pastor French.
They could not express enough how thankful they are for those who have donated to the church, and hope they can serve as an example to keep on going, after tragedy.