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Hudson church restored after Hurricane Ike

By Jena Johnson

HUDSON, TX (KTRE) – The aftermath of Hurricane Ike has come to an end for an East Texas church. Sunday, Bethel Assembly of God in Hudson had a dedication service in their restored sanctuary. Church members say it's been a bumpy, yet rewarding road.

The look on the face of church member Patria Lamar said it all.

"It was simply magnificent!" Lamar said. "We have been waiting so long for this to come to pass. Oh, and you just have to see before to really appreciate what has been done."

A collapsed ceiling, cracked beams and shattered trusses, the damage caused by Hurricane Ike. Pastor Steve Hammond has watched his church transform. He's still amazed by what he sees.

"To go outside and see a straight roof line and to come inside and see a ceiling that's perfectly plum...I was just awestruck," he said.

But getting to this point took patience. For more than a year, church members crammed inside a tiny fellowship hall.

"We just all gathered together and embraced each other," said Doris Siegert, church member of 46 years. "Of course we were all sad that had happened to the church, but there was nothing anybody could do."

Except wait and watch as their church was restored.

"It's taken a year and three months to rebuild the sanctuary," said Hammond. "We just need the people of Hudson and the surrounding areas to help make the church."

That, they say too, will come in time. Luckily, Hammond said insurance covered the restoration expenses.

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