CASTRO: The week after the flood, one of the local pastors, actually my neighbor, which I never met with him before in the five years we were there, we are just one side to the other side of the creek, he came to the parking lot and he asked me if I already got a place to worship. And I said, “No, I’m looking for a place because, we, meanwhile we are gonna use this tent and we are gonna use, you know, the yard and we are gonna just be using this tent.
But he said, “No, you don’t have to do that. My building is your building. Here you are the keys and he lent me the keys. And it was so, so amazing that for the first time we were meeting and he said, “This is your building, this is your place. Use whatever you need. Use whatever, don’t matter how much time you are gonna stay there. We were praying for a Hispanic ministry to go, to use our facility and you are the answer of that prayer.”
And I said, “Wow.” Amazing, amazing. So from one week to another, we lost everything and we gained everything. Because now we got a sanctuary that holds, you know, the growth of the church, we got classrooms, we got playground, we got a big kitchen, a big fellowship hall, a big youth center, you know. So it was amazing. It was from one week to another, we lost everything and the following week, we got everything, yeah.
GIBBONS: Are y’all still at that—?
CASTRO: Yeah, we are still there. It looks like they are, we are, we have been building this beautiful relationship between the two congregations that maybe never could happen before if the flood didn’t touch us, you know. But today we are very, very integrated between the two churches. We are doing programs together, we are sharing resources, a few resources that we have, like some media equipment that we were able to save, we are sharing with them. And of course they are just sharing their love and their friendship with us. It’s huge, it’s huge. They are so, so nice with us. So this is the good side of the story, you know. The other bad thing is that we lost everything and we are in litigation right now, we are in problem with the lawyers and the bank and all the issues that are coming after. But on the other side, the spiritual part, the church is more alive than ever.