Service resumes for church following building collapse

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - For the first time since their church collapsed with dozens of children inside, a northeast Kansas City congregation gathered for Sunday service.

They called it a miracle after all three stories of the back of the Apostolic Assembly of the Faith and Christ Jesus Church crumbled to the ground Thursday morning.

On Sunday the church transferred Sunday service to the former Presbyterian Church at 4000 Victory Drive in Kansas City, Kan.

Members of the church sang, danced and prayed in the packed room.

The pastor also invited police and first responders to attend the service.

The church originally stood on the corner of Independence and Benton.

At the time of the collapse, 44 children were attending Vacation Bible School.

Somehow no one was injured.

Although the congregation doesn't have their building, they're thankful for so much more.

“We are grateful people, that's the reason we are here to give thanks to him for the big miracle he gave to the children and for the people,” Pastor Herminio Leal said.

The pastor still doesn't know if they will be able to salvage the front part of the building.

This week, a structural engineer will be back to determine whether or not it will have to be demolished.

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