Vidor church holds service outside after Harvey floods building

Several members of Victory Bible Baptist Church joined together to pray for the first time after Hurricane Harvey

VIDOR, Texas - Pam Reich, a 17-year member of Victory Bible Baptist Church in Vidor said it was heartbreaking to see the building damaged from Hurricane Harvey.

“It’s devastating, but it’s just a building,” Reich said.

Reich was happy to be back at the church after not having service the last two weeks due to the storm.

Nearly two feet of sheetrock and other debris was gutted from the building after a foot of water flooded out the church.

Reich is also a Sunday school teacher.

"I lost my whole nursery, so I'm praying we'll be able to get all that back for the children,” Reich said.

While pews and other debris remain at the curb, pastor Carl Green held service under a covered walkway.

Green said his church survived three hurricanes until Harvey poured rain onto Southeast Texas.

"God opened up the doors for us in 1999, and He hasn't shut the door yet. Our people still want to keep going. I want to keep going. We're going to do our best to bounce back and be a better church than we were before," Green said.

Reich said she is grateful that they were able to reunite for service.

"We've seen worse. We just have to come back and do what's right: be kind to our neighbors," Reich said.

Green announced during service that $10,000 was raised to rebuild the church.

They will hold services once on Sundays at 10 a.m. until renovations are finished.

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