Shortly after 6pm on March 31st an EF-2 Tornado ripped through our church leaving two-thirds of the building destroyed. Thankfully nobody was inside and nobody was hurt. As we worked through the insurance process, it became apparent that the building was a total loss and we would have to rebuild from the ground up. With a new reality to face we decided that though our building was devastated, our church was not shaken. With this attitude we embarked down the road of cleaning up and rebuilding.
Aerial View Of the Damage
The same storm that damaged our building also affected many of the homes in the surrounding communities. While we might have lost our church building, there were many people who lost their homes. We shifted our energy toward showing Christ's love to our neighbors who were suffering. Over the next few weeks we went in to the affected neighborhoods to pass out gift cards, food, water and supplies. In addition a few fundraisers were also started to raise money for families that had their homes impacted by the tornado. We want to be a church that selflessly loves our community and saw this as a great opportunity to do just that.
WHERE WE ARE GOING
Our plan from the beginning has been to rebuild at our 900 Centerville location. We will break ground in the fall of 2017 with the goal of opening a new building in the fall of 2018. We are currently meeting in the Life Center of Atlantic Shores Baptist Church located at 1861 Kempsville Road in Virginia Beach while we continue searching for a temporary location to meet while we rebuild. We have kept the motto that while our church building is gone, Real Life Christian Church is still standing. While from the outside we might have a different look, we are the church and will continue meeting and showing love to those in our church and community.
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