Madisonville church, cemetery heavily damaged by storm

Madisonville church, cemetery heavily damaged by storm

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"It could have been worse and I knew it," said Pastor Gene Gouge, "but it's quite a bit of damage and a little bit of heartbreak." "It could have been worse and I knew it," said Pastor Gene Gouge, "but it's quite a bit of damage and a little bit of heartbreak."
Members of the congregation scrambled to protect the inside of the church from the rain. Members of the congregation scrambled to protect the inside of the church from the rain.
"I feel we are blessed and highly favored in the Lord, and it's all going to be alright," said Assistant Pastor Linton Watson. "I feel we are blessed and highly favored in the Lord, and it's all going to be alright," said Assistant Pastor Linton Watson.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

MADISONVILLE (WATE) - The Church of God of Prophecy has stood on Highway 68 in Madisonville's south side for more than 60 years.

On Thursday night it took a direct hit from a powerful line of storms.

"It could have been worse and I knew it," said Pastor Gene Gouge, "but it's quite a bit of damage and a little bit of heartbreak."

Pastor Gouge says church members just spent thousands of dollars making repairs to the church.

"Had an entire roof put on it, and of course, most of the roof is now in the field up here," said Gouge. "It just blew it everywhere."

Members of the congregation scrambled to protect the inside of the church from the rain.

"For right now we are going to move everything from the back to the front where the metal is still good," said Assistant Pastor Linton Watson. "Try and save what we can."

The storm also knocked down trees and grave markers in the adjacent cemetery.

Church members say they will pick up the pieces and put their church back together.

"I feel we are blessed and highly favored in the Lord, and it's all going to be alright," said Watson.

"There a good number of our people out here and they love their church," said Gouge. "It's their home church and most have been here their entire life. They showed up automatically."

As of now, the pastor says, the church will host Sunday services as planned despite the damage.

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