GARLAND, Texas - It’s been a long road to recovery for a Garland church that was destroyed two years ago in a tornado outbreak the day after Christmas.
Photos show some of the damage to the church back on Dec. 26, 2015. Twelve tornadoes killed 13 people that day.
Church members bounced around between different rented spaces and even shared a building in Rowlett with another church after that.
“We are a resilient church. We believe everything that happens to us is Father-filtered,” said Pastor Barney Huie.
That belief has carried Pastor Huie and church members through the difficult time. But this Christmas there’s a lot for them to be thankful for.
Oasis finally has a permanent home on the horizon. Huie said business owners within the church are buying property where they’ll rebuild and start anew.
“I heard the Lord speak to me and he said this is part of your destiny. This is part of the plan that I have for you. It wasn’t what I would have chosen but it was his path for us and we embraced that,” the pastor said.
The new Oasis Church breaks ground this coming spring.