‘God has a plan’: Detroit Lakes church picking up the pieces after wind gust blows apart addition

DETROIT LAKES, Minnesota – Pastor Paul Larson has told many that the church looks like a disaster, but it is different for the Faith Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes.

“This should be the gym,” he said, indicating a mess of lumber.

“God is doing something here, we don’t know exactly what, but we are convinced that he is doing something for his good, for his kingdom,” said Pastor Larson.

On Thursday, November 18, the building contractor had just finished assembling the trusses for the new building. Forty-eight hours later, a single gust of wind in the middle of the night destroyed months of work. The exact wind speed of the gust is unknown, but the peak gust at the nearby airport was 43 miles per hour.

“Our first answer was ‘Whoa, why, sir?'” Said Pastor Larson.

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The church is in the process of adding the gym and four classrooms for pre-kindergarten through 8th grade of the Christian school. It was hoped that enough work would be done so the kids could move in by the end of the year and finish the half-million dollar project in the spring. Now the students have to wait until autumn.

“We are not so discouraged that we are sad or discouraged because we know that God will make things right,” said Pastor Larson.

As if by a miracle, the original church building was not damaged. Pastor Larson said that while it can be a setback in terms of time, it was a real test of the fellowship. He said people had already reached out to help clean up and restore the additive.

“Nobody was hurt when it happened,” he said. “Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we have many things that we can still thank the Lord for because it could have been much worse,” he said.

The insurance surveyor did not determine how much it would cost to repair the damage.

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