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Church Members Press On After Explosion Destroys It

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) –“I am in shock. I have been crying, I’ve been sad. It’s been hard for us because we didn’t expect this,” Pastor Mitchell Plaud lamented.

For Pastor Mitchell Plaud and his church members this Sunday is unlike any other in the 4 years they’ve been here.

Sifting through the rubble to salvage what they could from La Iglesia Pentecostal Casa de Misercordia or, in English, the Pentecostal Church of Mercy instead of praising in it.

Pastor Plaud was actually running late to begin service at the church on Friday evening. “Always, I’m here at 5 P.M. but thank God. He held me. Because the explosion was at 5:25, so I was supposed to be in there waiting for the rest of the people to come. But it’s a miracle,” Pastor Plaud said.

The blast completely leveled Score’s Gentlemen’s Club and even though the church’s physical structure is still standing, officials say that building, too, is likely a loss.

The members of La Iglesia are not deterred by the blast. Although they say they lost about $20,000 in equipment alone, they will rebuild again. “God has a plan for everything, and anything is possible. Now we need help, and thank you to all the brothers & sisters who united in all of this to help,” said Rafael Deaz.

“La Iglesia de Casa de Misercordia is a church that works hard in the community and the city of Springfield, working with different people in the community, supplying their needs, and we move forward. Now we need the help of the city, like other different agencies, but we have to keep moving forward,” smiled Pastor Zanaida Diaz.

“I’ll be around, I’ll be around, I’m still up, Casa De Misercordia, still up! We are going to rise again from the dust!” Pastor Plaud exclaimed.

In the meantime, a church on Worthington Street has opened their doors to the members.

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