“God is still there,” Church damaged after severe storms hit Davis

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DAVIS, Okla. – As strong storms moved through the state on Tuesday night, some Oklahoma communities were hit with strong winds, hail and possibly even a tornado.

On Wednesday, the American Red Cross set up a mobile office in Davis for residents who suffered property damage due to the storms.

If you live in Davis and suffered property damage, head to the Red Cross office, located in the 100 block of N. Third St., just behind the Davis Fire Station.

Among the buildings most affected was the First Methodist Church.

“You know, the sanctuary is the most important part of our church,” said Pastor Steve Harshaw. “It no longer exists for all practical purposes.”

At 93 years young, Edith Bailey has sang in the choir most her life.

“Ever since I could sing, really,” she said, proudly. “It’s a wonderful church.”

She got her first glimpse of the damage Wednesday morning, after hearing her sanctuary had collapsed the night before.

“My neighbor came and told me. I couldn’t believe it. She says our church is gone,” Bailey said. “I said, ‘No, God is still there.'”

Harshaw said the church is insured, and they were actually in the process of collecting funds for a “building project” before the storm hit.

Church service will continue as planned, outside of the sanctuary Sunday morning.

The American Red Cross has also set up a phone number for residents who need assistance.

Just call 580-223-6313.

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