(Some) Ridgecrest Area Churches Open Doors After Earthquakes

Pastor John Goebel outside of Trona Foursquare Church, which was damaged in July 5's magintude 7.1 quake.
Pastor John Goebel outside of Trona Foursquare Church, which was damaged in July 5's magintude 7.1 quake.
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Ridgecrest is trying to get back to normal, but many restaurants, stores and other businesses remain closed. Some churches canceled services because of damage and even where doors were open, recovery was underway. 

The Foursquare Church in the tiny town of Trona looks fine from the outside, but inside, it’s different story. The floor is strewn with hymnbooks and bulletins, drywall is cracked, and a heater collapsed out of the wall. The 80-year-old church has seen better days. 

"I’m not an engineer," said Pastor Jon Goebel, "but I’d say the building’s going to have to be replaced. I can’t have people in here."

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